pyrateOn June 14 of 1747 several Spanish privateers (privately owned warships with a government sponsored license to attack enemy shipping) from St. Augustine entered Beaufort harbor and made off with several small ships. At the time, a militia of only 13 men were posted in the town to protect the area. The Spanish easily escaped.

Only two months later on August 26, the Spanish privateers reappeared. This time, their intention was to take the town. Major Enoch Ward and fifty-eight militiamen responded but were driven from the town. The citizens fled leaving behind everything for the privateers to pillage.

Three days later Colonel Thomas Lovick and Major Ward had collected more men and counterattacked, driving the Spanish out. It is said that without the help of close to 100 farmers and locals, the militia may not have prevailed.

Local folklore suggests that several Spaniards died and were buried in the Old Burying Grounds, also known as Queen Anne's Cemetery.

The Beaufort Pirate Invasion is an annual event created to highlight this unique historical event.


Commemorative Poster Prints
COLLECT THEM ALL: Limited Edition numbered 18x24 prints available at Beaufort Trading Company at 252-504-3209.



      2014 Commemorative Print
Artist Michael Noles

    "Boarders Away"


    2013 Commemorative Print
    Artist Don Maitz


    2012 Commemorative Print
    Artist Donna Nyzio



Pirate Artist Michael Noles, designer of the Blackbeard's Booty Rum labels & this years’ poster designer for The Beaufort Pirate Invasion, is a Ringling School of Art graduate located in Sarasota Fl. There he received his BA in fine art & then continued his schooling at the University of Gainesville where he received his MA.

Michael Noles has worked as a designer & consultant in the theme park industry for many decades, and as to date has held a Sr. Art director & designer consultant contract with Walt Disney World, Orlando for 34yrs. His partial client list includes Walt Disney-Florida-France, Universal Studio's, Orlando, Ringling Clown College-Japan, Six Flags over Georgia & Macy's- New York.

Michael's personal works of art have shown & sold around the world. Disney commissioned him to create a bronze Ring Master Mickey that was presented to King Renier of Monaco. His "High Sea's Collection" has hung at the Custom's House Museum, Key West, Fl. Historical Museum, Orlando, Fl. Mel Fisher Museum, Key West. & the Old Port Exchange, Portland, Maine.

For the last three years, Michael has had the privilege of being hosted by the Maritime Museum along with their wonderful staff in Beaufort. "It was my honor to be asked by Capt. Sinbad & the festival board to design this year’s poster Boarder's Away"! I don't always work in color, as those of you who have collected my personal prints over the years know, it was a great deal of fun to do. I will be showing & selling my "High Sea's collection during the festival inside the Maritime Museum again this year, I do hope you will drop by take a look & say Ahoy!





“Thanks for letting us celebrate the Pirate Invasion in Beaufort this past weekend. You always make it extra special! Thank you so much for all you do!”  Lucy Gritsch Mosca

“I had an absolute blast! Made lots of new acquaintances and all the crews were more than friendly (given they were all pirate :P) LoL Definitely returning next year!” Mark Smith

“This bein' me first pirate festival I've ever attended, I must say I and me first mate here had ourselves a swashbuckling good time. I hope the winds bring us back again next year. Arrrgh!” Capt. George Peacock

“Without a doubt, it was the best ever. Beaufort already topped any other event that my daughters (my Crew) and I attend, but now Beaufort has even topped itself. We can't wait to return next year.” Michael Naasir MoonRaven

“It was super fun! Can't wait for next year!” Amber Aronson Parker

“We had so much fun, did anybody get an actual full length video of the Invasion itself?” Alexandria Helena McCormick

“We stumbled upon the invasion and had a blast -- seriously knowledgable historians, great costuming and camps, and that gold six-inch cannonball cannon was unholy loud . We will come again next year. There is a next year, right?” Torryn Brazell

“Had a fabulous time once again "letting my inner Pirate out"!” Vickie McDaniel

“As always it's an honor to be part of such a grand event and will keep working on anything and everything I can do to make it even grander next year.” Shannon Suttle

“What a fabulous time we had. Got the birthday girl in the stocks...cannot wait for next year!” Susan Commike

“A wonderful time! Thank you to the people of Beaufort (and my fellow pirates and privateers) for your hospitality. Everyone I met was lovely, informative, and highly entertaining! It was a true pleasure to be involved, mates. “ Michelle Johnson

“We had a total blast the whole weekend! Thanks! Can't wait for next year!” Darcy Williamson

“Absolutely the best pirate event on the east East Coast.” Todd Willis

“This was our first time down. My 4 year old daughter had a blast!! Everyone was so friendly even those visiting the pirates. This just hit our to do list for next year. Thanks for all the hard work!” Lisa Autry Jones

Community Support



Signature Events



We put a lot into the planning of several annual fundraisers to support The Beaufort Pirate Invasion. So, save the dates and don't miss out on all of the piratical fun and entertainment with your favorite pirates and wenches.

A Night in Tortuga
April 18th, 2015
Time: 6-11 pm
At The Dockhouse located on the Beaufort waterfront.

Summer Plunder Poker Run
2015 dates to be posted soon.