- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 12, 2015

HAMPTON, Va. (AP) - Three tall ships and a sailboat are scheduled to be moored in downtown during Hampton’s 16th annual Blackbeard Pirate Festival.

The Daily Press reports (https://bit.ly/1FaUqjQ ) festival goers will be able to climb aboard the renovated replicas at the three-day festival, which will be held May 29-31.

Among the ships is a 54-foot vessel named MEKA II, which is based in Beaufort, North Carolina. It is a replica of a type of pirate ship used during the 17th century.

About 50,000 people are expected to attend the event.

Hampton is believed to be the final resting place of the head of Blackbeard the Pirate, who was killed during a battle in 1718 with the Royal Navy.

The festival will include a ball, history interpreters and a reenactment of Blackbeard’s final battle.

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Information from: Daily Press, https://www.dailypress.com/

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