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Pirate_Directory_Blackbeards_Festival_00475Once a year in May, visitors from all over the country enjoy the sights and sounds of 18th century Hampton overrun by pirates. Hampton’s waterfront comes alive with dozens of pirate re-enactors, costumed in historically accurate garb, who transform today’s Hampton into the busy seaport of yesterday. Led by Blackbeard the Pirate himself, re-enactors help visitors step back in time and re-live the history and legends of 1718 Hampton. This year the festival has been honored by being named the 3rd best pirate festival in North America by USA Today. The Festival offers a variety of children’s activities, live musical entertainment, fireworks, period vendors, arts and crafts, and much more!

This year’s activities include a number of reenactments from impromptu street skirmishes between pirates and the militia, to full-scale sea battles in the Hampton Harbor, featuring the popular re-enactment of Blackbeard’s final battle. Onlookers can also enjoy the waterfront view where tall ships tower over more than 50 private sail and powerboats all decked out in their own pirate gear.

Pirate_Directory_Blackbeards_Festival_00472A presentation ceremony follows the sea battle, where Lt. Maynard presents Blackbeard’s head and defeated crew to Virginia’s Governor Spotswood. Visitors can participate in the festivities when they join Blackbeard’s funeral parade, Hampton’s version of Mardi Gras, and share in the booty from his treasure chest.

Plan ahead for this raucous annual festival where you’ll land smack-dab in the middle of sword fights, lively music, pirate encampment, children’s activities, sea battles and fireworks. It’s a way to celebrate Hampton’s maritime heritage and relationship with the infamous Blackbeard, one of the fiercest pirates ever known. Plus, there’s a grand pirate ball on May 29 where you show off your best period attire.

The History:   
Travel back in time to a period where The Customs House of the bustling seaport of Hampton regulated the export of tobacco to England and the import of manufactured commodities to the colonies. The wealth of the colonies floating around Hampton’s waterfront made our city an inviting target for one of the fearsome and successful pirates of the Caribbean, Blackbeard. Blackbeard moved his operation north and with a pardon from the governor of North Carolina assumed the life of a gentleman with his fourteenth wife. Unable to give up the adventurous and notorious lifestyle, he cruised and began relieving ships of their cargos. Blackbeard defended his actions saying he was simply salvaging the abandoned cargo. North Carolina officials accept the dubious explanation in exchange for a portion of the cargo.

Blackbeard resumes his life of terrorizing ships and citizens along the east coast and Chesapeake Bay and in 1718, the most notorious pirate festival is hosted by Blackbeard on the beach at Ocracoke Inlet. Attended by the most notorious pirates and their crews, including Hampton’s own William Howard, one of Blackbeard’s captains, they feast and drink rum punch spiked with gun powder. Convinced that Blackbeard and other pirates are operating under the protection of North Carolina, Governor Spotswood of Virginia resolves to send an expedition to capture or kill Blackbeard and his crew. Lt. Robert Maynard is picked by Spotswood to lead this expedition.

The two small ships crewed by the Royal Navy and Hamptonians sail from Hampton to find Blackbeard. Lt. Maynard and his crew find Blackbeard and engage in a bloody sea battle. Maynard leads the hand to hand fighting after boarding Blackbeard’s ship. During the fight to the death, Blackbeard sustains some twenty five mortal wounds and is slain when his head is severed by Maynard. With losses on both sides, 15 of Blackbeard’s crew are taken prisoner. Upon return to Hampton, Lt. Maynard is said to have presented Governor Spotswood with Blackbeard’s head, flag and treasure. Governor Spotswood decrees Blackbeard’s head be placed on a stake at the entrance to the Hampton River as a warning to all other pirates.

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Sunday December 16th, 2018 - 6:40 pm

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Season’s Greetings from the Crew & Constable Heartless, Captain of Blackbeard's Crew and the Sailing Ship "Adventure".
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"Adventure" is such a promising ship. Any chance it will be repainted in an 18th Century color scheme at some point?

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Wednesday December 12th, 2018 - 10:53 am

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I know 14 minutes is way too long for an Internet video/slideshow. However even after cutting it down to the bare minimum leaving a lot of good stuff out I needed to illustrate how productive and intensive for the membership of Blackbeard’s Crew, Inc. the year 2018 was for us. So I added some of our old time sea shanties recorded by our membership from years ago to make the presentation a little more bearable. The video/slideshow was put together primarily for our Blackbeard’s Crew family enjoyment but I believe many others familiar with our organization would enjoy seeing what was accomplished. 2018 was the 300th anniversary of the demise of Blackbeard. Blackbeard’s Crew of Hampton was spread pretty thin. We participated in as many 300th anniversary events as possible. But we had to be selective as many of the events had conflicting schedules. In addition, very early in 2018 we made the decision in honor of the 300th anniversary to resurrect Blackbeard’s sailing ship Adventure. We accomplish this in only four months by locating a suitable vessel, acquiring the vessel, intensively restoring the vessel to a seaworthy condition and having it floating at the docks in time for the Hampton Blackbeard Pirate Festival in June. This was a monumental task to accomplish especially on a shoestring budget. But we did it and it did not take us nearly a decade and a half to accomplish. Nothing is impossible for a family of highly dedicated and very united pirates. The ship acquisition took a lot of time and resources this year which limited our availability at some events. But for the future it dramatically expands our abilities and capabilities. The ship’s timeless design now gives us the ability to highlight a huge portion of our nation’s phenomenal maritime history from the mid-17th century through the mid-19th century. Having very limited personnel and resources one key factor on choosing one event over another was that we only participated in events that held true to our core values of providing education through living history and always being family and children friendly. Those core values may separate us from some other groups just a little. It does not make us in any way, shape or form elitist as some evidently may think an opinion of a few I just recently learned about. It simply makes us family and children friendly as the children are our future. We are definitely not elitist; we do not employ the services of thread counters. But we do know how to balance historic accuracy with a little practicality. Our desire is to educate and entertain the public through living history along with highlighting the need to preserve our environment including the Chesapeake Bay for our children and grandchildren. I’m willing to bet that many of you had no idea that pirates were also environmentalists. Whom better than pirates to be environmentalists? When you earn your living plundering and pillaging the waterways you definitely don’t want to travel through trash and contamination. Most pirates also have huge tapeworms that can only be satisfied with fresh, clean seafood harvested from our waterways.
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sorry i missed the Pirate Fest , but will make it in 2019...any idea where i can get a tee shirt though?

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Tuesday November 27th, 2018 - 5:16 pm

Blackbeard’s ship “Adventure” will be competing in the 30th Annual Downtown Hampton Lighted Boat Parade. The ship will be manned by none other than the real Blackbeard's Crew Pirates of Hampton. We shall win the competition as we will have CANNONS on board and we shall give no quarter or mercy! ... See MoreSee Less

Blackbeard’s ship “Adventure” will be competing in the 30th Annual Downtown Hampton Lighted Boat Parade. The ship will be manned by none other than the real Blackbeards Crew Pirates of Hampton. We shall win the competition as we will have CANNONS on board and we shall give no quarter or mercy!
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Thursday November 22nd, 2018 - 1:18 pm

Happy Thanksgiving
November 22, 1718 - November 22, 2018
The members Of Blackbeard’s Crew, Incorporated wish everyone a very happy Thanksgiving. We would also like to honor the service and sacrifice of all our nation’s military members and first responders!
Blackbeard’s Crew, Incorporated also wishes recognize all of our original members of Blackbeard’s Crew along with the very first Captain of the Crew sailing original Tall Ship “Adventure” killed or captured 300 years ago today on November 22, 1718.
I’m reasonably sure that if only they were an incorporated 501©(3) nonprofit organization in 1718 like we are today Governor Spotswood and Lieutenant Maynard would’ve seen no profit in tracking Blackbeard down.

youtu.be/GkzVS_3BTHANovember 22, 1718 - November 22, 2018 The members Of Blackbeard’s Crew’s Crew, Incorporated wish everyone a very happy Thanksgiving. We would also like to ho...
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Monday October 22nd, 2018 - 9:03 pm

The Pirates of Blackbeard’s Crew disguised as farmers will be back at Bluebird Gap Farm in Hampton tomorrow Tuesday, October 23 selling off the remaining pumpkins supply. The pumpkins are being sold two pumpkins for a dollar (2 for $1). You can’t beat the deal. The proceeds will assist us in our renovation of the Small Tall Ship “Adventure” Blackbeard’s Crew’s very own flagship now homeported in the Hampton River in downtown Hampton. (Blackbeard’s Crew, Inc. is a Virginia based 501©(3) nonprofit organization.)

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The Pirates of Blackbeard’s Crew disguised as farmers will be back at Bluebird Gap Farm in Hampton tomorrow Tuesday, October 23 selling off the remaining pumpkins supply. The pumpkins are being sold two pumpkins for a dollar (2 for $1). You can’t beat the deal. The proceeds will assist us in our renovation of the Small Tall Ship “Adventure” Blackbeard’s Crew’s very own flagship now homeported in the Hampton River in downtown Hampton. (Blackbeard’s Crew, Inc. is a Virginia based 501©(3) nonprofit organization.)

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Is this still going on?

A cunning disguise - the watch will never recognize you.

Just doesn’t quite work for you! 😂☠️

What times?

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Saturday October 20th, 2018 - 10:24 pm

The Pirates of Blackbeard’s Crew will be back out at Bluebird Gap Farm undercover impersonating farmers tomorrow Sunday, October 21, 2018 from 10 AM to 5 PM selling the remaining pumpkins. All pumpkins regardless of their size will be sold for one dollar each while they last!

$1 for a pumpkin is the best deal in town.

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Monday October 1st, 2018 - 7:51 am

The Pirates of Blackbeard's Crew did a good job of livening things up a tad bit at this year's continuous 93rd running of the Hampton Cup Regatta. With all the sound of raw power on the water from the race boats amazingly few people noticed a little cannon fire.
youtu.be/em-nQQXSuU4The Pirates of Blackbeard's Crew did a good job of livening things up a tad bit at this year's continuous 93rd running of the Hampton Cup Regatta. With all t...
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Friday September 28th, 2018 - 9:06 pm

Hampton Cup Regatta Set up and a sneak preview! Friday September 28, 2018 1091 E Mercury Blvd
Hampton, Virginia

Sept. 29 & 30, 2018, Mill Creek, Hampton, VA. HCR is oldest continuously run hydroplane race in the country! Scaring fish out of the water for 93 years. Regatta is the oldest continuously operating motor sports in the world. I have the honor to have been part of the Regatta l for 37 years. The vast majority in which I have served as the Risk Management Public Safety Coordinator for the event. I am starting to feel little old!
youtu.be/UaJlLorfRGEHampton Cup Regatta Set up and a sneak preview! Friday September 28, 2018 1091 E Mercury Blvd Hampton, Virginia Sept. 29 & 30, 2018, Mill Creek, Hampton, VA....
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Tuesday September 25th, 2018 - 3:33 pm

2018 Port Royal Pirate Festival video #1 (video #2 is forthcoming)
Music – Cuckoo’s Nest, Nelson’s Blood, Sailor’s Prayer
by Blackbeard’s Crew

Port Royal Virginia is just such a neat little place. The history is absolutely incredible and you’ll never find more kindhearted and gentler folk anywhere in the country. The Port Royal Pirate Festival is such a fun little event and Blackbeard’s Crew is very proud to be a part of it. I am very confident the festival will grow in leaps and bounds and will bring in many visitors into Port Royal to learn and enjoy American history.

Now don’t let the lack of visitors in the video be concerning. I am from the old school so therefore when CONVENIENT and SELF-SERVING, I try to comply fully with FAA rules and regulations as not to fly my drones over crowds of people unless they are directly involved in the production of the video. So I intentionally flew the drone before and after the festival area had many visitors.

I would like to thank Port Royal’s Vice Mayor Monica Chenault for all her hard work in putting on this year’s Festival and for allowing Blackbeard’s Crew once again to be a part of it. I would also like to thank the membership of Blackbeard’s Crew that had an opportunity to venture into Port Royal for their hard work and dedication. I would like to credit crewmember William Wood for the majority of the photographs used in this video and once again thank our Camp Mom for looking out after us on this 18th-century overnight camping trip. I wish I could thank Caroline County Virginia for all of their support but unfortunately I have not found any that they have provided. If I’m mistaken please advise me. I find it amazing that Caroline County Virginia does not recognize the national treasure that they possess in having Port Royal located within their County. The rest of the nation certainly does.

I would like to recognize and express our appreciation for your service to our nation to the officers, enlisted personnel and the civilian employees of Fort AP Hill. The Pirates of Blackbeard’s Crew, the town folk of Port Royal and the people of the entire nation honor your service and commitment. And last but not least I would like to credit the members past and present for the music and singing in the video.

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