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Down the Wild Cape FearA River Journey through the Heart of North Carolina$
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Philip Gerard

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9781469602073

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9781469608129_Gerard

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Down the Wild Cape Fear

Philip Gerard

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter focuses on Bonnet's Creek, named for Stede Bonnet, the “Gentleman Pirate,” scion of a wealthy Barbados family who reportedly carried his voluminous library to sea with him. Here he and his crew holed up in the summer of 1718 to repair their ship, the Royal James, formerly the Revenge, which was leaking badly. Bonnet had changed the name of the pirate ship after receiving a pardon and was sailing under the alias “Captain Thomas.” They captured a smaller vessel, broke it apart to use in refitting their own ship, and careened their own vessel in shallow water to replank the hull. Bonnet had once sailed with Blackbeard, and in those days they had blockaded Charleston harbor, wreaking havoc on the local merchant fleet.

Keywords:   Bonnet's Creek, Stede Bonnet, Gentleman Pirate, Barbados family, Royal James, Revenge, pirate ship, Captain Thomas

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