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! By WILBORNE HARRELL and HEYWOOD ZIEGLER, JR.
Editor’s Note: This is the third
and final article relating the adven
tures and exploits of pirates, partial- .
larly North Carolina’s famous free-
who sailed our waters in the
early 18th century. The first told the
story of Blackbeard and Stede Bon
net; the second gave an account of
the lives of Mary Read, Anne Bon
ney and Mary Ann Blythe, North
Carolina’s unusual and unique women
buccaneers. This final story gives a
few sidelights on buried treasure—a
necessary adjunct to piracy.
I had riches when I sailed, when I
I had treasure when I sailed, when I
I had riches galore .
And treasure evermore,
I had riches when I sailed.
—From an old pirate ballad.
When the subject of piracy is
broached, it follows that buried treas
ure, sunken Spanish galleons, plate
ships bearing riches to Spain, and
cached or secreted gold and jewels
would be the next thought to enter
your mind. According to Ken Krip
pene, authority on pirates and buried
treasure, there is a total of more than
260 million dollars worth of lost]
or buried treasure scattered about the'
world. Recently more than 18 million
dollars in pirate treasure have been
recovered in the United States alone.
And many more millions are waiting
for some lucky finder.
It is not unlikely or too far-fetched
to assume that a goodly portion of
this lost pirate treasure may be buried
somewhere on the shores of the Al
bemarle Sound or the banks of the
Chowan River. It is known that Ed
ward Teach or Blackbeard, having
some sort of cooperative agreement
with Governor Eden, sailed his ship
into these waters, it is almost a cer
tainty he cast anchor at some time in
Edenton Bay. And some of our shores
and sand banks were desolate enough
to form good pirate hiding places.
/ At the period Blackbeard operated,
the early 1700’s, much of the loot was
in the form of perishable commodities,
such as silks, spices, tea, rum, molas
ses, hides and indigo. That undoubt
edly accounts for the fact that very
little gold, silver bullion, coins and
jewels have been found. But treas
ure is buried on our shores—enough
to pique the cupidity of any treasure
seeker. As late as 1928, on Plumb
Point, in' Beaufort County, one of
Blackbeard’s treasure chests was un
One warm moonlight night in the
year 1717—the exact date not
known— a pirate brig nosed its way
slowly into the Pamlico River and
turned her prow toward Plumb Point,
a narrow neck of land. The brig had
sailed in from the sea through Ocra
coke Inlet, made her secretive way
across Pamlico Sound and was now
on the final lap of her voyage. Slow
ly and carefully She surged forward,
then casting anchor, her sailors made
fast the sails and a small boat was
quietly put overside.
In the boat were seated four per
sons, two sailors with kerchiefs about
their heads were seated at the oars,
and in the stern sheets sat a man
and a woman. The man was big,
swarthy and blackbearded, wearing a
scarlet coat with lace at the wrists,
and a wide, white-.plumed hat. He
was armed; he held a cocked pistol on
his knee, and his left hand hovered
not far from the two other weaoons
he carried —a wicked-looking knife
and a handsome, omate-hilted sword.
The woman seated beaside him, in
sofar as could be ascertained in the
moonlight, was beautiful. She was
dressed in male togs, and was also
armed, wearing a heavy silk sash
loaded with silver-mounted pistils and
r nives. The moonlight glinted sharp
ly from the silver mountings. At her
side, the woman wore a long, beauti
fully rapier. Both the man and wo
man were heavily booted, their feet
and legs encased in high doeskin
The man was Edward Teach, o
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Blackbeard, and the woman was Mary
Ann Blythe, notorious woman pirate,
and Teach’s consort and partner in
piracy. In the bow of the boat could
be discerned dimly the outlines of
chests and boxes —evidently bearing
The night was humid and still, and
bullfrogs on the marshy banks filled
the air with their dismal croakings.
Rhythmically the oars dipped into the
water, propelling the boat toward the
sandy shore. Occasionally an inadver
tent knock of the oars against the oar
locks would resound startingly loud
on the quiet night, eliciting a restless
movement or frown from the big,
black-maned man in the stern sheets.
The occupants of the boat did not
Boon the boat slid softly and grat- c
ingly onto the beach, and jumping out j,
into the shallow water, the sailors «
dragged her farther ashore so the
man and woman could descend from
■ the boat dryshod. During all this,
1 Blackbeard did not for a single mo
ment relinquish his grip on his pistol. r
Blackbeard and Mary Ann step- c
ped ashore and the two sailors drag
iged the heavy chests and boxes from '
(the boat, grunting from the exertion. .
, Lugging the heavy chests between 1
them, they carried them upshore and
set them down. Pulling a piece of f
parchment from his pocket, Black- c
’ beard began to pace off ditsances, j
pausing occasionally to. note it down
[ on the parchment. Mary Ann watch
■ ed him steadily, but said nothing. The ,
* two sailors, having returned to the
■ boat for shovels, were standing idly
! by, but watched Blackbeard with a t
mixed look of uncertainty and fearful j
- expectancy. .
- Blackbeard, halting before a clear- ,
> ed space, jabbed a stick into the ]
’ ground, and said laconically, “Dig •
1 here.” ,
1 For the space of an hour or more
1 no sound could be heard but the
croaking of the frigs and the slith
> ering, sibilant scraping of the digging
1 shovels. The pile of sand thrown up
> by the shovels grew bigger and the
’ hole in the earth grew deeper, the
'’sailors pausing every now and then
Jto flick off the perspiration that
' trickled down their faces from be
' neath damp kerchiefs.
1 At length, the hole was completed.
1 The sailors glanced at Blackbeard who
' nodded his head almost imperceptibly
at the chests. The sailors, stepping
' forward, dragged the heavy chests
and boxes, with more grunting, to the
! edge of the hole. One of the men
lowered himself into .the hole, and re
' ceived the chests as the other passed
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Blackbeard stood quietly by and
watched the men work. When the
chests had been finally stowed in the
bottom of the hole, he spoke again,
“Fill it up.”
The two sailors fell to shoveling,
and again the thump, thump of the
soft sand was the only sound that
mingled with the frogs’ entemal
Blackbeard glanced at Mary Ann,
who was standing intently watching
the hole being gradually filled. A |
faint smile touched his lips.
The sailors gave a final pat to the
sand with the shovels and turned
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ed silently with his pistol in the direc
tion of the boat. Shouldering the
shovels, the sailors made off in the
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