Horizons: Queen Anne’s Revenge

May 28th, 2011 by | No comments

Does that name ring a bell? That could be because the Queen Anne’s Revenge, the flagship of the pirate Edward Teach (better known as Blackbeard), plays a part in the new Pirates of the Caribbean film. Now archaeologists have recovered the ship’s anchor from the bottom of the sea, and it’s huge. That’s no surprise really, since the ship itself, boasting 40 guns, was uncommonly powerful, and contributed greatly to Blackbeard’s success. She was originally a French ship used to trade slaves, until Blackbeard captured it in 1717. He then turned the ship into a killing machine by increasing the number of guns from just 14 to 40. In 1718, the ship ran ashore in North Carolina, which was possibly a deliberate act in order to cut down on his pirate crew. The ship whose anchor has now been recovered, is believed to be the Queen Anne’s Revenge, a replica of which you can now see on the silver screen.

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Horizons: Grog (ingredients included)

March 19th, 2011 by | 3 comments

The word grog refers to a variety of alcoholic beverages. The word originally referred to a drink made with water or “small beer” (a weak beer) and rum, which was introduced into the Royal Navy by British Vice Admiral Edward Vernon on 21 August 1740. Vernon wore a coat of grogram cloth and was nicknamed “Old Grogham” or “Old Grog”. Modern versions of the drink are often made with hot or boiling water, and sometimes include lemon juice, lime juice, cinnamon or sugar to improve the taste. Rum with water, sugar and nutmeg was known as bumbo and was more popular with pirates and merchantmen.

By contrast, in Australia and New Zealand, the word has come to mean any alcoholic drink.

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