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Archive for November, 2012

This Day in NC History: Blackbeard was killed

Thursday, November 22nd, 2012

On November 22, 1718, the infamous pirate Blackbeard was killed. The “Golden Age of Piracy” flourished briefly along the North Carolina coast in the early 18th century. Foremost among the pirates was Edward Teach, aka “Blackbeard.” He lived briefly in the town of Bath during the summer of 1718.

Teach is reported to have been a privateer during Queen Anne’s War (1701 – 1714) and turned to piracy afterward. In 1717, Blackbeard and his fellow pirates captured the French slaveship La Concorde in the eastern Caribbean. With his new ship, renamed Queen Anne’s Revenge, Blackbeard cruised the Caribbean taking prizes. In May 1718, the pirates arrived off Charleston, South Carolina. In perhaps the most brazen act of his piratical career, Blackbeard blockaded the port for nearly a week.

Soon after, Blackbeard’s fleet attempted to enter Old Topsail Inlet (now Beaufort Inlet). The vessels grounded on the ocean floor and were abandoned.

Six months later, at Ocracoke Inlet, Blackbeard encountered ships sent by the governor of Virginia, led by Lieutenant Robert Maynard. In a desperate battle, Blackbeard and several of his crew were killed. Maynard returned to Virginia with the surviving pirates and the grim trophy of Blackbeard’s severed head.

For more about North Carolina’s history, arts and culture, visit ncdcr.gov.

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WEATHER: A great Thanksgiving Day forecast!

Thursday, November 22nd, 2012

High pressure will dominate much of the southeast bringing sunny skies and high temperatures in the low 60s for Thanksgiving Day.

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Second half sinks Seahawks at Purdue

Thursday, November 22nd, 2012

Purdue broke open a close game by holding UNCW to four field goals and 19 percent shooting in the second half to clip the Seahawks, 66-40.

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SPECIAL REPORT: Unclaimed Bodies

Thursday, November 22nd, 2012

Taxpayers in North Carolina have paid thousands of dollars to cremate bodies that are unclaimed from the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner and the county morgue.

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ONLY ON 3: Wilmington sailor charts new course

Thursday, November 22nd, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — As everyone prepares to sit down with family and friends for Thanksgiving, one man says he’s thankful to be alive this year.

We first introduced you to Greg Frucci last year, a Wilmington sailor who has defied nature and even death. He risked everything to sail alone hundreds of miles across the Atlantic at the start of hurricane season. Wednesday night, WWAY caught up with him.

Last June, Frucci set sail from Wilmington, headed to Portugal by himself in his thirty-foot sailboat.

“I got to a point in my life where I just wanted to take off,” Frucci says.

But several hundred miles out, Frucci was faced with a bad storm and twenty foot waves. Later he reached Bermuda feeling very lucky.

When he arrived back in Wilmington, Frucci says many who were his friends before drifted away and others said they knew he would fail.

“It effected me definitely but I ignored them,” Frucci says.

Last November Frucci flew back to Bermuda and sailed back to the Port City. But Frucci says he’s not done yet.

“I can’t wait to get back to sea because it’s peaceful out there,” he says.

Frucci says he still plans to sail to Portugal. He has also written a book about his life and travels entitled “Path of Three Hundred.”

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