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Blackbeard's last stand
Exactly 291 years ago- 22th november 1718- in the Ockracoke inlet -in the coast of North Carolina- notorious pirate Blackbeard- real name most likely Edward Teach- was cornered by the Lieutenant Maynard of the British royal navy- instead of running away like normal pirates Blackbeard and his crew decided to stand and fight- to the death (Not fighting to run away which of course was pirates tradition ;P)
About this creation
View of the whole diorama- two sloops- and sea built out of bricks- i hope you like it too it was of course hard to do but i am pretty pleased with a result although water is impossible to do perfectly with bricks- and please do not say that it should be snot or i will... well be angry... these are the "Pirates of the studdy sea" XD...









Intro of the best Blackbeard movie ever (if you ask me) very realistic (not completely true though) and very well done (not with hollywood budget though but very nicely done ships, ports and costumes and the music, acting and directing were especially well done- i recommend for all piratefans...)

Sloops are the Adventure (Blackbeard's sloop) and Jane or the Ranger (Maynard's) Strange that different sources disagree which one was that sloop commanded by Maynard himself- he had two sloops HMS Ranger and HMS Jane -all sources say- but some say that Ranger was the one destroyed by the Blackbeards broadside- some (like wiki)says it was Jane -still the other one was commanded by the midshipman Hyde (instead of actual officer) and this moc takes place after that sloop was destroyed- so that is why only one british ship- (Neither of the british ships had cannons btw- so all the reliable sources say)!



Maynard's sloop (Jane or Ranger) has run aground (really they were free at the time- some sources however disagree about that so i can't be sure if they were free or stuck at the time- at least they run aground once)

Pirate sharpshooter loads his musket...

... after the musket fire Adventure closes in and pirates throw their grapple hooks to the deck of the other sloop (Jane or Ranger)


Blackbeard enters the ship and sees Maynard almost alone with a helmsman and few others- thinking that others were left -he believe he has won
.. But Maynard stomps a deck as a signal and his men appear below the decks...


.. And a real battle begins...

Maynard tries to fight Blackbeard- he is good swordsman but not match for that terrifying and strong pirate...

Maynard's cutlass/smallsword was destroyed (by the tradition it is also said he even lost some finger's- i had to destroy one of my many cutlasses :( but i cutted it so that i can use the same for Jack Sparrow vs. Davy Jones duel if i rebuilt it some day)
Anyway Blackbeard failed to notice the swordwielding scot who slashed he to the neck...
Not even the Blackbeard can stand so many injuries- it is told that he is shot 5 times and slashed 20 times! So he dies as any other mortal man...

..story of the Blackbeard was now ended...
but he will live on as a pirate legend.

Black Caesar- one of the Blackbeard's most trusted man- was carrying out the last order's of his captain to explode the gunpowder of the Adventure to destroy the sloop instead of surrendering to the british...
..But he is stopped by two of the Blackbeard's prisoner's/ crewmen- i dunno whether they really were- different sources say different things- real was that sloop didn't blow up high like the Blackbeard would have wanted...
..Seeing their captain fall all his men immediately surrendered to the brits...



..At the end of the day deck was running with blood and full of dead bodies...
.. Blackbeard's head was cut of and it hanged from the bow of the Maynard's sloop (Jane or Ranger) as trophy and evidence that he was finally taken care of- still it took many years for the Maynard to get money 100£ that were to promised him by Governor Spotswood of Virginia..

... it was the end of Blackbeard- technically he wasn't even pirate anymore- he had received the royal pardon - still it is believed that he didn't stop pirating after that- technically Governor Spotswood of Virginia sent liuetenant Maynard after him
illegally- still his death is remembered as the death of the greatst pirate captain of all time and his severed head hang as a warning to the pirates at the mouth of the Hampton river...(all should be TRUE history)
..It is told that when blackbeard's headless body was thrown overboard among the rest of the dead...

...it swam around maynard's ship- some say two some even seven times- but that is just a story isn't it...

...nevertheless Blackbeard had become such a legend that we still remember him as one of the greatest pirates- here is my Blackbeard custom minifig- i had to color one of my beards to black of course.



Comments

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  July 8, 2011
Wow! My birthday is on November 22nd! That must mean I have pirate history in my life! P.S. You are my most favorite builder on MOCpages!
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  March 20, 2010
Quoting Jake Savage Wow, I just found this MOC, how truly excellent! You represented every detail wonderfully, and the custom Blackbeard is amazing. One question though, how did you make the flags? I'm trying to make some for my latest MOC I'm working on
flags are paper- i printed the picture to a piece of paper and then i cutted it and folded it half and glued it so that there is kinda hole for flagpole yo know- easy when the picture can be found from the net....
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  March 19, 2010
Wow, I just found this MOC, how truly excellent! You represented every detail wonderfully, and the custom Blackbeard is amazing. One question though, how did you make the flags? I'm trying to make some for my latest MOC I'm working on
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  December 1, 2009
Quoting Captain Jerrod Also what is the name of your ship book that you show on your "Voc De Rotterdam Moc" and man I never would have destroyed it. Before you go how did you the grate on Maynards sloop Jane or Ranger. ~Jerrod~
That book is written by Björn Landström- swedish writer and ship-expert but it has appeared in many names- my book is finnish translation "Laiva" (finnish- simply a ship or big boat) there is many other variations that i have seen from the same writer and there is of course english version too- search from a library and i think you will find some book with same info even if Landström's book are not found...
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  November 30, 2009
Also what is the name of your ship book that you show on your "Voc De Rotterdam Moc" and man I never would have destroyed it. Before you go how did you the grate on Maynards sloop Jane or Ranger. ~Jerrod~
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  November 30, 2009
Also what is the name of your ship book that you show on your "Voc De Rotterdam Moc" and man I never would have destroyed it. Before you go how did you the grate on Maynards sloop Jane or Ranger. ~Jerrod~
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  November 28, 2009
Quoting Captain Jerrod Thanks those are really helpful and Ive seen some of there ships and they are pretty good. Also do you have any ideas for a name for a black and brown navy Brigantine? ~Jerrod~
Brigantines are quite fast but still pretty dangerous when armed- what about "HMS Hunter", or "HMS Lightning" of course if it is british- french or spanish ship for example would be harder to name...
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  November 28, 2009
Thanks those are really helpful and Ive seen some of there ships and they are pretty good. Also do you have any ideas for a name for a black and brown navy Brigantine? ~Jerrod~
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  November 28, 2009
Quoting Captain Jerrod Wow this is awsome. I've built a pretty good ship from the remains of Brick Beards Bounty and I'm trying to make some rigging. got any ideas, I thought I'd ask you because your's is so good. ~Jerrod~
Well i think that best rigging would be ropes out of ordinary string- i use fisherman's string it is white and sturdy but not very thick- it can be placed in the lego ship by either making knots (of course) or then if you have no patience to do that you can use black/gray studs and put the strings end under it (like i did- i have some knots also) for sails i recommend ordinary paper or colored paper- with printer or pencil you can make patterns if you like- with needle it is also possible to do "actions" for them like making they act like real sails but it needs patience- master shipbuilders like Bonaparte or Captain Greenhair (their beauties are worth of seeing btw) use actual cloths as sails but they are hard to get and you have to paint all the patterns- use what you like but i hope these tips helped -and thanks for checking out my mocs ;)
swash buckler
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Jeffery Lautenslager
  November 27, 2009
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  November 27, 2009
Wow this is awsome. I've built a pretty good ship from the remains of Brick Beards Bounty and I'm trying to make some rigging. got any ideas, I thought I'd ask you because your's is so good. ~Jerrod~
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  November 26, 2009
Well done on an action packed creation.
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  November 24, 2009
Ya know, I love this battle, and you brougt it to life perfectly, like how you put swimming blackbeard corpse there, pretty funny.
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  November 23, 2009
Quoting jamie sweeney This is so awesome, i would love to have as much pirate lego as you! 5/5
And i would like to have even more XD
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  November 23, 2009
This is so awesome, i would love to have as much pirate lego as you! 5/5
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  November 23, 2009
This is really terrific! You demonstrated an excellent attention to detail with the flags and the powder horns, etc. The historical accuracy is wonderful as well; you even showed how they cut off Blackbeard’s head and hung it on the bow!
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  November 23, 2009
Swash buckler: Story should be true- isn't it interesting- there is much more happened in history than school books tell... I very much agree with you Swash...
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  November 23, 2009
Quoting Juan C. Wow, very accurate, love Blackbeard's flag, both the ships look pretty cool, also I thought Blackbeard's ship was "The Queen Anne's Revenge" but I am smart enough to realize you know far more about pirates than I do, so who's ship was the QAR?
It is still pretty probable that Blackbeard didn't fly his Jolly roger in the battle (it is not even certain whether or not that flag was his- still i like it and i had to use it :)
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  November 23, 2009
Quoting The Incinerator wow truly nice moc with cool ships and a lot of details the story you put into it is also really great nice job!!
Story should be true- isn't it interesting- there is much more happened in history than school books tell...
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  November 23, 2009
Quoting Juan C. Wow, very accurate, love Blackbeard's flag, both the ships look pretty cool, also I thought Blackbeard's ship was "The Queen Anne's Revenge" but I am smart enough to realize you know far more about pirates than I do, so who's ship was the QAR?
It was big three masted slaveship and once a flagship of the Blackbeard's fleet you are correct- but it is not known what caused it to sunk- some say that Blackbeard scuttled it himself to get rid off most of his crew but that is probably a legend he then used only his sloop "Adventure" that was legally registered in North Carolina... wreck of QAR is supposedly found there are many interesting artifacts- including gold- i don't believe that blackbeard would hve left his gold aboard ship if he caused it to sunk- so it was probably accident. But no one really knows...
swash buckler
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The Incinerator
  November 22, 2009
wow truly nice moc with cool ships and a lot of details the story you put into it is also really great nice job!!
swash buckler
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Sander Van Lembergen
  November 22, 2009
YOURE SO AWESOME AT MAKING THESE KIND OF MOCS !!!!! 100000/5
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  November 22, 2009
Wow, very accurate, love Blackbeard's flag, both the ships look pretty cool, also I thought Blackbeard's ship was "The Queen Anne's Revenge" but I am smart enough to realize you know far more about pirates than I do, so who's ship was the QAR?
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  November 22, 2009
Quoting High Stratagiest General Warren Dude, I would really want to see what would happen if we had a moc off, what do you say?
Well why not what would be theme star wars? Nothing big but we can do something- i reply tomorrow now i had to go to sleeping i is night here zzzzz...
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  November 22, 2009
Quoting Nitrosity The CyborgNinja his ship definatly should have been blown up, it would have been so cool. plus the explosion would have probably wrecked the other ship too, kind of like a "Black Beards Revenge" thing. pirates are so cool.
Well good for Maynard it didn't -LOL Caesar looks like crazy pyromaniac (and Lando?!) when he is going to the hold to explode the powder XD
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  November 22, 2009
Dude, I would really want to see what would happen if we had a moc off, what do you say?
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  November 22, 2009
his ship definatly should have been blown up, it would have been so cool. plus the explosion would have probably wrecked the other ship too, kind of like a "Black Beards Revenge" thing. pirates are so cool.
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  November 22, 2009
Quoting Commander Cody hey very nice, and todays is date when Blackbeard was killed =), really nice ships ;)
Reason why i did this ;)
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  November 22, 2009
Quoting Commander Cody hey very nice, and todays is date when Blackbeard was killed =), really nice ships ;)
Reason why i did this ;)
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  November 22, 2009
hey very nice, and todays is date when Blackbeard was killed =), really nice ships ;)
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  November 22, 2009
sweet, I love it when History comes alive in lego.
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  November 22, 2009
Quoting Blake Buehl Someone finaly got the choped head right, I've seen a lot of MOCs were he's Marooned to death. He put cannon fuses in his beard and lit them, you know.
He did died in the battle and his head was cut off he didn't get marooned- what was the last hit whih killed him- swords slash to the neck or Maynard's pistolshot well there is lots of stories of that but he definitely died in the battle check every reliable source- and thanks for comments everyone :)
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  November 22, 2009
Quoting Blake Buehl Someone finaly got the choped head right, I've seen a lot of MOCs were he's Marooned to death. He put cannon fuses in his beard and lit them, you know.
He did died in the battle and his head was cut off he didn't get marooned- what was the last hit whih killed him- swords slash to the neck or Maynard's pistolshot well there is lots of stories of that but he definitely died in the battle check every reliable source- and thanks for comments everyone :)
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  November 22, 2009
great job on this! building two ships is tough, and putting them into such a detailed diorama is even tougher, but you pulled it off! 5/5
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  November 22, 2009
Someone finaly got the choped head right, I've seen a lot of MOCs were he's Marooned to death. He put cannon fuses in his beard and lit them, you know.
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  November 22, 2009
Great job. When I was little I loved the history of pirates and blackbeard. Thanks swash for bringing back memories to me. And a awesome job you did.
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  November 22, 2009
This is very good Swash-Well done!
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  November 22, 2009
Really good on this one, lots of detail as always.
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  November 22, 2009
Nice work here!
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  November 22, 2009
Quoting Sebeus I You're right about the water, not snot, especially when it's a sea, good job
Snot is good for a calm sea though...
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  November 22, 2009
Ohh cool, nice work.
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  November 22, 2009
You're right about the water, not snot, especially when it's a sea, good job
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  November 22, 2009
great one man, the waves are god and the entire build is just great
 
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