Queen Anne’s Revenge Model Ship
Queen Anne’s Revenge Model Ship (Pirates of the Caribbean Version)
The Queen Anne’s Revenge Captain Blackbeard from Pirates of the Caribbean
About the Queen Anne’s Revenge Wooden Scale Model Ship
This wooden scale model of the Queen Anne’s Revenge was custom built from the following information:
- The plans and photos from the build log of the construction of the ship for Pirates of the Caribbean.
- Copies of the original ships plans of the Le Concorde obtained from the National Maritime Museum
- The book “History Of The French Frigate, 1650-1850″ by Jean Boudriot and David H. Roberts
- The book “Seamanship in the age of Sail” by John Harland
About the construction of the Queen Anne’s Revenge Wooden Scale Model Ship
- The hull is built using the Double Plank-on-Bulkhead construction method
- The bulkheads and keel are cut from marine grade pine plywood
- The first layer of planking is done plank by plank using Mahogany planks
- The second layer of planking is done using Mahogany Veneer strips
- The deck is made of Anagre, a light brown timber from the Amazon
- The gunwale and stringers are made of American Walnut
- The fife rails and pin racks are made of American Walnut
- The deck houses and gangways are made of Teak
- The masts and yards are made of Mahogany dowels
- The sails and ropes are made of linen
- The model is painted with acrylic paint
- The ornaments are cold cast in bronze and painted
History of the Queen Anne’s Revenge
The Queen Anne’s Revenge was a massive pirate ship commanded by Edward “Blackbeard” Teach in 1717-18. Originally a French slaving vessel that Blackbeard captured and modified, it was one of the most formidable pirate ships ever, carrying 40 cannons and enough room for plenty of men and loot.
The Queen Anne’s Revenge was capable of fighting off nearly any Navy warship afloat at the time. It sank in 1718, and many believe that Blackbeard scuttled it on purpose. The wreck has been found and has turned up a treasure trove of pirate artifacts.
From Concorde to Queen Anne’s Revenge
On November 17, 1717, Blackbeard captured La Concorde, a French slaving vessel. He realized that it would make a perfect pirate ship. It was large yet fast and big enough to mount 40 cannons on board. He renamed it Queen Anne’s Revenge: the name referred to Anne, Queen of England and Scotland (1665-1714). Many pirates, including Blackbeard, were Jacobites: this meant that they favored the return of the throne of Great Britain from the House of Hanover to the House of Stuart. It had changed hands after Anne’s death.
The Ultimate Pirate Ship
Blackbeard preferred to intimidate his victims into surrendering, as fights were costly. For several months in 1717-18, Blackbeard used the Queen Anne’s Revenge to effectively terrorize shipping in the Atlantic. Between the massive frigate and his own fearsome appearance and reputation, Blackbeard’s victims rarely put up a fight and handed over their cargoes peacefully. He plundered the shipping lanes at will. He was even able to blockade the port of Charleston for a week in April of 1718, looting several ships. The town gave him a valuable chest full of medicines to make him go away.
The Queen Anne’s Revenge Sinks
In June of 1718, the Queen Anne’s Revenge hit a sandbar off of North Carolina and had to be abandoned. Blackbeard took the opportunity to make off with all of the loot and a select few of his favorite pirates, leaving the others (including hapless pirate Stede Bonnet) to fend for themselves. Because Blackbeard went legit (sort of) for a little while after that, many thought he scuttled his flagship on purpose. Within a few months, Blackbeard would return to piracy and on November 22, 1718, he was killed by pirate hunters in a pitched battle off of North Carolina.
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