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Treasure Chest

Photographs taken on location


Chapter One: 1702 - 1712 – “Our lives were spent in tents or on carts, roaming round England from crop to new harvest.”

Northern England - Lancashire

Northern England - Lancashire
  

Chapter Two: Spring, 1712
– “I was somewhere up front of our coffle as we marched through the steamy streets from Newgate to Wapping Stairs – first stage in banishment to the New World.”

London - River Thames

London - River Thames
 


Chapter Three: Summer, 1712 – “ In the end I reasoned that if I poked the sheers through the men’s hatch I’d have done my bit to help my mates, and so as soon as the wind returned to normal I carefully plucked my way across the slippery deck.”
 

Roanoke Island, Outer Banks, North Carolina Roanoke Island, Outer Bank, North Carolina

"Elizabeth 11" - (inspiration for "the Argyll")
Roanoke Island, Outer Banks, North Carolina


Chapter Four: 1712 - 1713 – “And whenever we caught a view of the river itself it looked like a silver serpent wending its way through a tunnel of cypress and oak trees, all festooned with a feathery plant that Shane called Spanish Moss.”

Mansfield Rice Plantation, Black River, Charleston, South Carolina

Mansfield Rice Plantation, Black River, Charleston, South Carolina


Chapter Five: 1713 - 1714 – “The men had repaired their own quarters, re-slated the Big House roof, and salvaged as much of the winter provisions as possible.”

Latta Plantation, North Carolina

Latta Plantation, North Carolina (inspiration for the "Big House")


Mansfield Plations, South Carolina

Mansfield Plantation, South Carolina (inspiration for the slave huts)


Chapter Six: 1714 - 1718 – “The master had organized a bucket chain from the well to the stable where the blaze was rapidly spreading and in danger of reaching the barn.”

Latta Plantation, North Carolina

Latta Plantation, North Carolina


Chapter Seven: Spring, 1717 – New Providence is “ a beautiful place full of sunshine and natural splendor, with crisp, sandy shores and sparkling waters (until you get to the parts besmirched by dirty sailors). The small island protects our harbor entrance and creates two approaches – a dual escape route for outlaw vessels – and both mouths have hidden sandbars that large warships cannot cross. There are numerous caves and coves and inlets away from prying eyes, and the hills behind provide a lookout over many a nautical mile.”

New Providence, The Bahamas

New Providence, The Bahamas


Chapter Eight: Summer, 1717 – “Ships came into harbor with old crews and new tales throughout the following weeks as the island’s tropical heat exploded into summer, and with them arrived word that Ben Hornigold might be amassing a pirate navy in the waters around Jamaica. Apparently Edward Teach was now his partner (with a six gun sloop and seventy hands) and his men were calling their new commander – Blackbeard.”

Pirate Museum, Nassau, New Providence, The Bahamas

Pirate Museum, Nassau, New Providence, The Bahamas


Blackbeard’s Castle, St. Thomas, Southern Caribbean

Blackbeard’s Castle, St. Thomas, Southern Caribbean


Chapter Nine: Early Autumn. 1717 – “A white skeleton was set against a black background—the familiar symbol of death found often in graveyards—that much I understood. But this old bones had horns like a demon to imply that Blackbeard was Satan himself, commonly known as Old Roger. The skeleton held an hourglass tilted in one hand, showing the victim that his time was running out, and a spear pointed down in the other to a heart that was dripping with blood. I didn’t need no other clarification. This flag meant that if you didn’t surrender you’d meet death at the hands of the devil.”

Blackbeard’s Flag

Blackbeard’s Flag


Chapter Ten: Mid-Autumn, 1717 – “As soon as new sails were in place and the galleys restocked, we cast off by common consent toward Jamaica.”

Sun rising in Jamaica

Sun rising in Jamaica




Sun setting in Jamaica

Sun setting in Jamaica
The longboat

The Longboat



Chapter Eleven: Late Fall, 1717 – “The White House stood on a hammock of land staring out to sea.”

Blackbeard's House, Beaufort, North Carolina

Blackbeard's House, Beaufort, North Carolina


The Outer Banks, North Carolina

The Outer Banks, North Carolina


Chapter Twelve: 1717 - 1718 – “The commodore suggested they sail for Carolina, and as my supply of mercury ran low the crew voted in favor of the apothecaries of Bath Towne.”

Elizabeth 11, Roanoke Island, Outer Banks, North Carolina

Elizabeth 11, Roanoke Island, Outer Banks, North Carolina


Chapter Thirteen: 1718 – “I was quizzed about weapons – especially the canons – but I couldn’t tell much about poundage or shot”

Pirate Museum, Nassau, New Providence, The Bahamas

Pirate Museum, Nassau, New Providence, The Bahamas


Chapter Fourteen: 1718 - 1719 – “See, Pierre had ordered some exclusive black velvet from Paris that arrived on a French merchantman bound for Martinique. When the Calais docked he was invited aboard to collect his bolt and was dazzled by the beautiful array of rare silks, velvets, calicos, lace, and taffeta that filled the hold from floor to rafters”

Pirate Museum, Nassau, New Providence, The Bahamas

Pirate Museum, Nassau, New Providence, The Bahamas


Chapter Fifteen: 1719 - 1721 – “Rackham’s body was put in the gibbet after execution and strung from the rocks at the Cay that now bears his name”

Pirate Museum, Nassau, New Providence, The Bahamas

Pirate Museum, Nassau, New Providence, The Bahamas


Other Places of Interest



Along the Spanish Main




Along the Spanish Main 2
Along the Spanish Main 1


Along the Spanish Main 3
   
The Carolinas 1 The Carolinas 2

The Carolinas
Voodoo Witchcraft Museum, New Orleans Voodoo Witchcraft Museum, New Orleans
   
Caribbean Dungeon, San Juan, Puerto Rico Caribbean Dungeon, San Juan, Puerto Rico
Caribbean Courthouse, St. Maarten Caribbean Courthouse, St. Maarten
   
Cutty Sark, London, England Cutty Sark, London, England
   
Bounty, San Juan, Puerto Rico Bounty, San Juan, Puerto Rico
   
Windward and Leeward Island Views 1 Windward and Leeward  Island Views 2

Windward and Leeward  Island Views

Windward and Leeward Island Views Windward and Leeward Island Views 4


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