The death and ghosts of Stede Bonnet and Blackbeard, inspired by Our Flag Means Death

On this week’s podcast I am telling you about ghost pirates. As you should all know by now I’m a giant nerd and one of my newest obsessions is Our Flag Means Death on HBO starring Rhys Darby, who I would leave my husband for, and Taika Waitka as the pirates Stede Bonnet and Blackbeard. Some people might not realize that these were real guys! I feel like everyone has heard of Blackbeard from the 5 million pop culture references out there like Ian McShane in the Pirate of the Caribbean franchise and apparently Hugh Jackman in Pan. I need to go watch that apparently. 

Bonnet is less well known. Growing up I had a pirate phase, I mean who didn’t, and I remember reading about the Gentleman Pirate. He wasn’t my favorite. I kinda lumped him with the likes of Holden Caulfield from Catcher in the Rye and the classic poor little rich kid archetype and I honestly hadn’t thought much about him since. And then I found out Rhys Darby was in a pirate show and I needed it in my life more than anything. Our Flag Means Death puts a comedic and romantic spin on Bonnet and Blackbeard’s relationship that made me care a little too much about these characters. And as I’m watching the show I couldn’t help but wonder if there’s ghost stories associated with them and of course there is! So I did some digging and honestly Bonnet might be one of my favorite pirates now! That being said, what happens to these guys is pretty rough so maybe prepare yourself for that. I actually teared up researching this one.

So lets get into shall we? Grab yourself a cup of tea, make sure the doors are locked and the sage is close by. I have a story to tell you.  


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