On Thursday, March 5, the Bellamy Mansion Museum will host Dr. Mark Wilde-Ramsing as he speaks about Blackbeard’s Queen Anne’s Revenge and the battleship, Nuestra Senora de Regla.
Two of North Carolina’s most important shipwreck sites served as bookends during the career of Dr. Mark Wilde-Ramsing. In the mid-1970’s his first investigation occurred on the banks of the Cape Fear River at Wilmington examining the ribs and steam machinery of a forgotten derelict. At the time the shipwreck was unidentified and only through his program to educate local 8th graders years later was the case solved. Nuestra Senora de Regla, built as a ferry for Cuban owners, became ensnared in the early days of the Civil. First in Confederate hands and ultimately confiscated by the Federal government, it was converted into the armed naval vessel: USS Commodore Hull. Surviving the War, it was sold and became the ferry and freight carrier, Waccamaw, until it was laid up and unceremoniously burned and forgotten on Eagles Island.
At the other end of Wilde-Ramsing’s career came the discovery of Queen Anne’s Revenge, which in 1996 brought worldwide attention to one of the most significant archaeological discoveries of modern times. This vessel served as the flagship of the infamous pirate captain Edward Teach during the Golden Age of Piracy. Wilde-Ramsing served as QAR project director until his retirement in 2012, and during that time oversaw extensive recovery operations, conservation efforts and research conducted by scores of scientists. These two vessels and his direct involvement provide Dr. Wilde-Ramsing the opportunity to present a fascinating look at the people and histories of their times and the efforts archaeologists and their associates have undertaken to reveal how and what their physical remains add to each vessel’s narrative.
Doors open at 6:00 pm and will close when the lecture begins at 6:30 pm. Seating is on a first come, first served basis. There is a $5 suggested donation. For more information contact Carolyn Gonzalez at 910-251-3700 x306 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Bellamy Museum, located at 503 Market Street in Wilmington, is a non-profit educational institution dedicated to interpreting the social and architectural history of the Bellamy Mansion and promoting a greater understanding of historic preservation, architectural history and restoration methods in North Carolina.