David Moore (archaeologist)

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David D. Moore
CitizenshipUnited States
Alma materEast Carolina University
Known forQueen Anne's Revenge, Henrietta Marie
Scientific career
FieldsMaritime archaeology, maritime history
InstitutionsNorth Carolina Maritime Museum

David Moore is an American archaeologist and historian. He is best known for his work on the Blackbeard's Queen Anne's Revenge Shipwreck Project.[1][2] The Queen Anne's Revenge was the flagship of the infamous pirate Blackbeard. He used her for less than a year, but she was an effective tool in his prize-taking.[3]

Moore has worked as a maritime archaeologist exploring a shipwreck believed to be part of the 1622 Spanish treasure fleet sunk near the Dry Tortugas. The wreck, located in 1332' (406m) of water, yielded olive jars, copper, gold, silver, glass and other cultural artifacts.[4] He also served as project archaeologist for the team that excavated the wreck of the slave ship, the Henrietta Marie.[5][6] In 1983 he discovered the watch bell which positively identified the shipwreck.[7] The Henrietta Marie wreck has yielded more than 7000 objects (and more than 30,000 glass beads), the largest collection of artifacts known from a slave ship. Parts making up more than 80 bilboes, which were typically used to shackle pairs of slaves together, have been found at the wreck site. Other items found at the wreck site include trade goods apparently left over from trading for captives in Africa, goods acquired in Africa in addition to captives (recovered c.half dozen elephant tusks), and gear belonging to the ship and crew.[8][9]

Moore is the former nautical archaeology curator at the North Carolina Maritime Museum in Beaufort, North Carolina[10] and is considered the project expert on Blackbeard.[11] Currently he is the Director of Archaeology and Research for Intersal, Inc. which discovered the Queen Anne's Revenge. He has appeared in the documentaries Drain the Oceans Pirate Ships of the Caribbean (National Geographic), Real Pirates of the Caribbean (History Channel), Secrets of the Dead: Blackbeard's Lost Ship (PBS), Secrets: Blackbeard's Ship (Smithsonian Channel), the "Pirates" episode of Biography and on the "Pirate Tech" episode of Modern Marvels.[12] He was also responsible for much of the underwater mapping on the Queen Anne's Revenge wrecksite and updating the site plan.[13] The Queen Anne's Revenge lies in 28 feet (8.5m) of water about one mile (1.6 km) offshore of Fort Macon State Park (34°41′44″N 76°41′20″W), Atlantic Beach, North Carolina. Thirty-one cannons have been identified to date and more than 250,000 artifacts have been recovered.[14] The cannon are of different origins such as; Swedish, English and possibly French, and of different sizes as would be expected with a colonial pirate crew.[15]


Moore attended East Carolina University where he received a master's degree in Maritime History and Nautical Archaeology in 1989.[2]


  • Submerged Cultural Resources Associated with Blackbeard the Pirate. (1982)
  • 1984 SAN MARTIN: Structural Analysis of an Early 17th Century Spanish Nao, paper and underwater video (with Pat Clyne) presented to the 1st Atlantic Alliance for Maritime Heritage Conservation Shipwreck Conference, Manteo, North Carolina, (October 1984).
  • Archaeological Investigations on the English Merchant-Slaver HENRIETTA MARIE, paper presented to the 1st Atlantic Alliance for Maritime Heritage Conservation Shipwreck Conference, Manteo, North Carolina, (October 1984).
  • Research Aspects Concerning the Wrecksite of an English Slave Ship HENRIETTA MARIE, 1699, research paper presented to the 12th annual Underwater Archaeology Symposium, Ft Bovisand, Plymouth, England, (March 1988).
  • Architectural Characteristics and Structural Reconstruction of the Spanish Guard Galleon NUESTRA SEÑORA de ATOCHA, 1622, research paper presented to the SHA Conference on Underwater Archaeology, Reno, Nevada, (January 1988).
  • Anatomy of a 17th century slave ship: historical and archaeological investigations of "The Henrietta Marie 1699". (1989)
  • A General History of Blackbeard the Pirate, the Queen Anne's Revenge and the Adventure. In Tributaries, Volume VII, 1997. pp. 31–35. (North Carolina Maritime History Council)
  • Site report: historical & archaeological investigations of the shipwreck Henrietta Marie (1997)
  • Historical and Archaeological Research Focused on the Hull Remains Associated with Site 0003BUI, Beaufort Inlet, North Carolina. Underwater Archaeology Proceedings from the Society for Historical Archaeology Conference, 1999: 133-140
  • “Research Links Artifacts from Blackbeard’s Flagship to Charleston,” Flotsam and Jetsam, South Carolina Institute of Archaeology and Anthropology, University of South Carolina, Volume 8, Number 2, (June 2000).
  • “Blackbeard: North Carolina’s Favorite Pirate,” Tar Heel Junior Historian, North Carolina Museum of History, Volume 39, Number 2, Spring Issue (2000).
  • Blackbeard's Queen Anne's Revenge: Archaeological Interpretation and Research Focused on the Hull Remains and Ship-related Accoutrements Associated with Site 31-CR-314. Tributaries No 11, p. 39-47, 2001.
  • Blackbeard's Capture of the Nantaise Slave Ship La Concorde: A Brief Analysis of the Documentary Evidence. David D. Moore and Mike Daniel, Tributaries Vol 11, p. 14-31, 2001.
  • Historical and Archaeological Investigations on a Dual-Identity Shipwreck off Wabasso, Florida: The Merchantman SPRING OF WHITBY and Royal Navy Bomb HMS LUCIFER (1800-c.1824), research paper presented at the Florida Undewater Archaeology Conference, Florida Anthropology Society, Tallahassee, Florida (May 2003).
  • Technical Comments Relating to 'Ruling Theory' and the Identification of the Beaufort Inlet Wreck. The International Journal of Nautical Archaeology 34(2):335-339, 2005.
  • The Queen Anne’s Revenge Shipwreck Site and the Health of Blackbeard’s Pirates, International Maritime Health Association Newsletter, Volume 6, Number 2, UK, (April 2007).
  • Seventeenth-Century Vehicle of the Middle Passage: Archaeological and Historical Investigations on the "Henrietta Marie" Shipwreck Site. David D. Moore and Corey Malcom, International Journal of Historical Archaeology, Vol. 12, No. 1, The Archaeology of Slave Ships (March 2008), p. 20–38
  • A Decade of Pirate Perspective: An Assessment of Ten Years of Historical and Archaeological Research Relating to the Remains of Blackbeard’s Flagship Queen Anne’s Revenge, keynote address delivered to the 2nd Annual North East Florida Symposium on Maritime Archaeology, Lighthouse Archaeological Maritime Program (LAMP), St. Augustine, Florida (February 2008).
  • On the Trail of Shipwrecked Slavers: Investigating the Potential Remains of the Bristol Slave Ship CONSTANTINE Wrecked in the Virgin Islands (1785), lecture presented to the Society for Historical Archaeology, Conference on Underwater Archaeology, Amelia Island, FL (January 2010).
  • Stems to Sterns: An Examination of the Fore and Aft Structural Components from Several Shipwrecks in North Carolina, Florida, and Tortola (BVI) , lecture presented to the Society for Historical Archaeology, Conference on Underwater Archaeology, Amelia Island, FL (January 2010).
  • “’…As Cold As the Night CRISSIE WRIGHT Came Ashore…’: A Documentary Profile & the Archaeological Potential of a 19th Century Tern Schooner Wrecked off Shackleford Banks, North Carolina, 1886,” Tributaries (Journal of the North Carolina Maritime History Council), Number 16 (October 2011).
  • “Famous Shipwrecks, Blackbeard’s Queen Anne’s Revenge,” (w/ Robert Westrick) Maritimes: The Quarterly Newsletter of the Maritime Archaeological Research Institute, Volume 13, Number 2, Spring (2015).
  • Captain Edward Thatch: A Brief Analysis of the Primary Source Documents Concerning the Notorious Blackbeard. David D. Moore, The North Carolina Historical Review, Vol. XCV, No. 2, (April 2018), p. 147-187
  • “A Brief History of the Pirate Blackbeard’s Flagship Queen Anne’s Revenge, ex-Concorde,” Nautical Research Journal, Volume 63, Number 1, (Spring 2018).


  1. ^ Butler, Lindley S. (2000). Pirates, privateers, & rebel raiders of the Carolina coast. UNC Press Books. pp. 25–26. ISBN 0-8078-4863-8.
  2. ^ a b Gray, Nancy (February 1998). "Maps and microfilm: tools of a Blackbeard sleuth". The ECU Report. Archived from the original on November 23, 2011. Retrieved November 22, 2011.
  3. ^ Brian Handwerk (2005-07-12). ""Blackbeard's Ship" Yields New Clues to Pirate Mystery". National Geographic. Retrieved 2011-05-27.
  4. ^ Søreide, Fredrik (28 April 2011). Ships from the Depths: Deepwater Archaeology. ISBN 9781603442183. Retrieved 19 July 2015.
  5. ^ "Courage in chains Slave ship exhibit speaks of misery - and hope". Fort Worth Star-Telegram. September 30, 2007.
  6. ^ Malcom, Corey. "In Search of the Slave Ship Henrietta Marie" (PDF). Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. Archived from the original (PDF) on July 22, 2011. Retrieved 19 July 2015.
  7. ^ Penrice, Ronda Racha (25 September 2017). "'Shackles From the Deep' Explores Mystery of Sunken Slave Ship". NBC News. Retrieved 20 December 2017.
  8. ^ Malcom, Corey. "The Iron Bilboes of the Henrietta Marie" (PDF). melfisher.org. The Navigator: Newsletter of the Mel Fisher Maritime Heritage Society. Archived from the original (PDF) on 18 December 2015. Retrieved 19 July 2015.
  9. ^ Donovan, Chelsea. "Queen Anne's Revenge Artifact Found - WITN". YouTube. Retrieved 24 February 2016.
  10. ^ "Large Blackbeard exhibit to open". News-Record. Associated Press. June 10, 2011. Archived from the original on September 6, 2012. Retrieved November 22, 2011.
  11. ^ "Queen Anne's Revenge Conservatory Part of Documentary". The Pilot. November 13, 2014. Retrieved 19 July 2015.
  12. ^ "David Moore - IMDb". IMDb. Retrieved 28 May 2020.
  13. ^ "Introducing the 2013 Field Season | Adventures in North Carolina Culture". nccultureblogger.wordpress.com. Archived from the original on 2014-02-10.
  14. ^ www.islandgazette.net https://web.archive.org/web/20150709054722/http://www.islandgazette.net/news-server1/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=9534%3A250000-pieces-. Archived from the original on 2015-07-09. {{cite web}}: Missing or empty |title= (help)
  15. ^ D. Moore. (1997) "A General History of Blackbeard the Pirate, the Queen Anne's Revenge and the Adventure". In Tributaries, Volume VII, 1997. pp. 31–35. (North Carolina Maritime History Council)

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