‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ 4: Has the real Blackbeard’s sword been discovered?

Jan. 21, 2011 | 7:40 a.m.


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Ian McShane as Blackbeard in "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides" (Peter Mountain\Disney Enterprises)

Here’s an exclusive new photo of Ian McShane as the fearsome Blackbeard in “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides,”  the fourth voyage of the Disney mega-franchise that stars Johnny Depp as the swashbuckler Jack Sparrow. The movie and its tale of  the elusive Fountain of Youth and carnivorous mermaids hits theaters May 20, so it seemed a bit spooky — or suspect — that there’s all of this scuttlebutt going around the Internet right now about the real Blackbeard’s sword being recovered off the coast of Beaufort, N.C. Was this just Disney trying to gin up some headlines or an archeological moment of mad timing?

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A portion of the painting "The Capture of the Pirate Blackbeard" by Jean-Leon Gerome Ferris

I contacted the team who has been studying the infamous English pirate’s sunken flagship, the Queen Anne’s Revenge, and they say that the recently secured artifact could be a weapon that old Edward Teach gripped in his hand, but it just as well might have belonged to any of more than 150 pirates who were on board when the vessel ran aground, according to David Moore, curator of the North Carolina Maritime Museum and a researcher who dedicated much of his career to studying Blackbeard and his ships.

 The 350-ton ship has been on the floor of the Beaufort Inlet for more than 300 years but was not located until 1996 and its discovery has stirred imaginations around the world — and plenty of rumors, too. When word of the recent sword recovery pinged around the globe, the tales grew taller with every forwarded e-mail. When one of Moore’s peers heard the breathless reports, he called to inquire about how they were able to make such a confirmation: “Did it have his initials and the last four digits of his social security number on the hilt?”

Still, there’s a chance the sword did belong to Blackbeard and history has a pirate’s flair for timing. Consider, for example, that the Queen Anne’s Revenge was hidden in murky coastal waters until Nov. 21, 1996 — and the next day, as reports of the find circulated, just happened to be the anniversary of Blackbeard’s death in 1718.

— Rick Rojas


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9 Responses to ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ 4: Has the real Blackbeard’s sword been discovered?

  1. Jamie Rose says:


  2. Tmiller says:

    I have to admit I haven't seen the third one, but Ian McShane is a good addition to any film.

  3. Tony Coffee says:

    I think no matter what the outcome of the sword is it will not have much efect on the movie becase,Amarica will alwasys be excided about the 17t-18th centery,that was time of atvenger after al we all have a atvengerous side.I dont think that will ever change.I will also be very excided and waiting for this movie to come out.as for Jhony Depp,i think no won could have played the part better.it is the best movie I have ever seen him play in hands down.

  4. yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa says:

    I AM SO EXCITED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I CAN'T WAIT TO SEE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. vojo says:

    cant wait to see 4, 5 and 6

  6. Jon Paul Van Harpen says:

    My My what a small world we live in, how a comment made in Wisconsin to my friend David Moore in North Carolina made it in the LA Times in a matter of a week. By the way I also asked David if the FBI had a finger print and DNA match from the sword handle. I do agree with the other postings that Ian McShane will make a great Blackbeard and nobody could have played Jack Sparrow as well as Johnny Depp. When is Speilberg coming out with his pirate movie. .

  7. pique' joel says:

    captain jack spaaaaaaarrrrroooow.
    he is da best.
    da wait is not over yet.
    we wait

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