Beaufort, NC – One of the museums I visited during my South Carolina/North Carolina road trip was the North Carolina Maritime Museum in Beaufort, NC. This museum focuses on the shipwreck of the Pirate Blackbeard’s flagship, the Queen Anne’s Revenge, the coastal seafood industry, and the evolution of boats in coastal North Carolina. There is no entrance fee, but donations are accepted.
The North Carolina Maritime Museum at Beaufort serves as the repository for artifacts from the shipwreck of the pirate Blackbeard’s flagship Queen Anne’s Revenge. On display are a wide variety of artifacts, from parts of the ship, to weapons, to every day items that would have been used by the crew. The Queen Anne’s Revenge was run aground by Blackbeard off of Beaufort in May 1718 near present day Fort Macon. Discovered in 1996, the wreck is the property of the State of North Carolina since it lies within state waters and agreements with the private organizations that located her and the State of North Carolina stipulate that all artifacts recovered from the ship stay together in one collection.
The North Carolina Maritime Museum is a small museum, but well kept, maintained, and organized. There is no entry fee, but donations are welcomed. If you’re in the Morehead City/Beaufort/Atlantic Beach area, it’s well worth visiting for a ship/boat/marine based history of the area.