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ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Many people have helped Pirate X along the way, but I wanted to thank, in particular, the following:

 

Tracey Rolfe, friend and fellow writer, for being the first reader, and reading and commenting again later, and for helping me to type up the never-ending first draft!

 

The helpful staff who provided photocopied materials, videos and answered questions from these institutions: Wilson Library, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; Information Services Branch, State Library of North Carolina; North Carolina Maritime Museum, Beaufort, NC; South Caroliniana Library, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC; Historic Sites, Division of Archives & History, North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources.

Sherryl in Beaufort

The author in front of the model of Blackbeard's ship, Queen Anne's Revenge, at the Beaufort Maritime Museumrolina Maritime Museum, Beaufort, NC; South Caroliniana Library, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC; Historic Sites, Division of Archives & History, North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources.

 

The staff who answered many questions on the ships I climbed all over – James Craig, HMB Endeavour replica, and the tall ship R. Tucker Thompson (an amazing day of sailing in the Bay of Islands).

 

My friend and fellow writer, Kristi Holl, who came with me on the long drive around South and North Carolina, and never grumbled about pirates once!

My editor, Mark McLeod, who showed me how to whittle – words, not wood! And my publisher, Kristina Schulz at UQP, who also loves pirates.

 

BIBLIOGRAPHY

PIRATES

Botting, Douglas. The Pirates. Amsterdam, time-Life Books, 1978.

Cordingly, David. Under the Black Flag: the Romance and Reality of Life Among the Pirates. New York, Random House, 1995.

Day, Jean. Blackbeard and the Queen Anne’s Revenge. Newport, NC, Golden Age Press, 2007.

Exquemelin, Alexander. The Illustrated Pirate Diaries. Sydney, New Holland, 2008.

Johnson, Captain Charles. A General History of the Robberies & Murders of the Most Notorious Pirates. Guilford, Connecticut, Lyons Press, 1998.

Parry, Dan. Blackbeard: The Real Pirate of the Caribbean. Kent Town, Wakefield Press, 2006.

Woodard, Colin. The Republic of Pirates: Being the True and Surprising Story of the Caribbean Pirates and the Man Who Brought Them Down. Orlando, Harcourt, 2007.

 

HISTORY OF BATH

Bath Town: Guide Book. Historic Sites, Div. of Archives & History, North Carolina Dept of Cultural Resources.

Bath: The First Town. (Video) A project of the Historic Bath Commission, 1995. Historic Sites, Div. of Archives & History, North Carolina Dept of Cultural Resources.

Lewis, Taylor and Joanne Young. The Hidden Treasures of Bath Town. Bath, NC, Friends of Historic Bath, 1978.

Paschal, Herbert R. Jr, PhD. A History of Colonial Bath. Raleigh, NC, Edwards and Broughton Co, 1955.

 

COLONIAL HISTORY RESOURCES

Mitchell, Patricia B. Colonial Spices and Herbs. Chatham, Patricia Mitchell, 1997.

Richards, Bill. Food at Sea: eating and drinking with sailors 1500-2000. Sydney, Australian Maritime Museum, 2001.

Taylor, Dale. Writer’s Guide to Everyday Life in Colonial America: From 1607-1783. Ohio, Writer’s Digest Books, 1997.

 

These are just a few of the many resources I have read and collected over the years. The websites are too many to name! I’ve found a lot of contradictions and discrepancies in the information, and have tried to strike a “middle ground” that stuck to the historical details as much as possible. Of course, Will Shepherd is a fictional character, as are Robert, Jeremiah and Peter (and most of the crew), but Blackbeard and Stede Bonnet were real.

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