I have been watching Black Sails on Starz movie channel since 2014. As its title implies, this show is about pirates and their endless struggle to control Nassau. Every episode was like a high budget movie but I am saddened to hear that this series is wrapping up. I should have realized that it was ending because some major characters were getting killed off the show.
Even though Blackbeard was only in a few episodes, he was finally killed off in the most gruesome way. As Blackbeard was chasing down the fleeing governor of Nassau, known as Woods Rodgers, his crew was captured. Rodgers forced them to surrender. To frighten the pirates, Rodgers used the practice of keelhauling to punish Blackbeard. In this torture method, one is tied to a rope that is looped under the ship and then one is pulled under the ship and dragged out the other side. Every pass severely scratches up one’s body until they bleed out. In this show, Blackbeard was sent under the ship about four times. Each time, he received deeper wounds but was still breathing. He was shot after the last time because he simply was not succumbing to his injuries. Below is the making of this particular scene:
This episode had me wondering what actually happened to Blackbeard, AKA Edward Teach. His downfall was in the battle at Ocracoke Island off of North Carolina. Lieutenant Robert Maynard was sent by the governor to track down Blackbeard and his men. Blackbeard seemed to be at the end of his rope for he lost the Queen Anne’s Revenge and was now using a meager 10-gun sloop. Blackbeard, with only 25 men to spare, was now under attack by Maynard’s forces. This naval battle was in shallow waters and ships on both sides ran aground. That delayed the battle but as Blackbeard’s ship got free, he got some good shots on his pursuers. Counting on Blackbeard’s aggressive tendencies, Maynard ordered his men below deck to entice Blackbeard to board. As he boarded, his men were ambushed by the hidden crew. A fierce hand to hand skirmish occurred which resulted in Blackboard’s death. His head was then removed and became a temporary ornament on Maynard’s ship.