The history of pirates in the Cape Fear region is an interesting and exciting one. Both Edward Teach, better known as Blackbeard, and Stede Bonnet, gentleman pirate, plied these waters and plundered all up and down the east coast. In fact the two collaborated for a period of time. Stede Bonnet and his crew were eventually captured in the Cape Fear waters and he was hanged in Charleston, SC. Blackbeard was killed in a battle with sailors. The lives of pirates have been glamorized through the years in movies and on television, including the movies featuring Johnny Depp as Captain Jack. (Locals and some visitors know that Southport, NC has its very own Captain Jack) The pirate themed Stede Bonnet Regatta is held annually in Southport, NC at the end of October. The captains and crews of the participating boats all dress as pirates and a great pirate party is held after the event. The first weekend of August every year, pirates invade Bald Head Island, NC, for a three day event that celebrates all things pirate.
The Maritime Museum in Southport, NC gets into the act twice a year with an event for kids 7 to 10 years of age.
At the Maritime Museum in Southport, NC, you can also learn about the history of all things to do with the sea, including pirates, of course.