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Did You Know?
In Did You Know? the National Geographic magazine team shares extra information we gathered to expand your knowledge of our featured subjects.

The Queen Anne's Revenge (QAR) shipwreck project staff conserves thousands of recovered artifacts. The goal is to find out if there's a connection between those items and the original merchant ship, Concorde—believed to be the ship captured, renamed, and eventually grounded and abandoned by the pirate captain known as Blackbeard.

A crucial research tool has been compiled by David Moore, the maritime archaeologist of the North Carolina Maritime Museum. He has analyzed information contained in Concorde's muster roll—a list of the 75 crew—for its final departure from the port at Nantes, France, in March 1717. The list of seamen's names will provide conservators with clues to the identification of any personal item engraved with a monogram or any tool marked with initials.

Moore has published his findings about Concorde's crew members in the North Carolina Maritime History Council's journal, Tributaries (cited in the bibliography below). In addition, Moore and Mike Daniel, the salvor who located QAR, also used French court records of depositions—sworn testimony by witnesses—given by Concorde's Capt. Pierre Dosset and his lieutenant, Francoise Ernaud, in their account of its capture by pirates. These two documents revealed details about Concorde's crew: each seaman's job and pay, which ones perished during its Atlantic voyage, and the names of the four who voluntarily joined up with Blackbeard and the ten men who were forced into his service after he captured Concorde on November 28, 1717.

—Nancie Majkowski