LadyPizazz 
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Diane Scher, Bachelor of Fine Arts, San Jose State University. Post Grad: Mass Communications. Independent Consultant, Owner of Pizazz Pr and Marketing; Pizazz Publicity 30+… More »

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Re: “Queen Anne's Revenge closed

This is very sad news--a shock. I thought it was a popular eatery, and I feel in my gut it was because of low attendance, not just for real estate interests. After all, if one can recall, the Neighborhood Dining Group closed the Buccaneer Restaurant downtown after a short run.

The Queen Anne's Revenge Restaurant was one of a kind. It was exciting when it opened. I was there for the grand opening.

As a an artist, I was intrigued with the architectural touchs, the pirate memorabilia, and artifacts: The whole world class collection.

It was a uniquely designed and decorated restaurant, adorned and accessorized with nautical antiques, reflecting the colorful pirate history and way of life. My husband, Bill Thomas-Moore, who built the QAR ship model, and our friends, thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.

It was fun for adults, but especially for children. In my view, the food, service, the authentic looking decor, and ambience made the restaurant a tourist attraction, as well. was excellent. .

Whenever, I dined at the QAR, I looked around the rooms, and could see other diners take a walk around the huge ship replica of the "Queen Anne's Revenge," which was the flagship of Captain Blackbeard.

It was a magnificent eye pleaser, handsome and standing tall in a glass case in the center of the dining area.

Up close, you could see all the details, and, one can see that it is an amazing work of art--very tall at about 8 ft, and 7 ft. long. I admired it's incredible workmanship and authentic details.

In the last few days, I have heard from many friends that they are also wondering where this beautiful historic tall ship model, and the extraordinary antique pirate collection will anchor next.

Please Stay in Charleston!

In my opinion, for history's and education reasons, I think the public would benefit. Options might include loaning it to a museum or gallery, or donate it for a permanent collection here in Charleston, of course.

Pirates in Charleston!
There is a great deal of pirate history relating to Charleston Harbor, and the public deserves a look see. Blackbeard held Charleston Harbor captive, blocking all traffic for two weeks, until the city officials relinquished medical and food supplies to him for his sickly crew. He won!

Pirate Stede Bonnet was hanged here for piracy.

I think an authentic, antique pirate collection should be part of a maritime history exhibit, and in my opinion would definitely draw more tourists to our city.

I hope David Howard, Tony Bakker and the Neighborhood Dining Group will reconsider about selling the collection, moving it to private location, or storing it.

Considering that the news came out a few days ago at the same time, regarding the real QAR Ship that been discovered off the coast of Beaufort South Carolina, one can capture the attention of the public. Perfect timing. Divers have found artifacts and other booty off Blackbeard's ship, which certainly can add interest about the QAR restaurants pirate collection from the restaurant.

The bottom line...I hope the QAR Model will not be lost at sea forever.

Diane Scher

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Posted by LadyPizazz on July 20, 2013 at 2:32 PM

Re: “Ship Shapes Maritime Museum Arts Center

This is a fabulous place to visit and to browse. The gallery is the only one of its kind in the South, or perhaps in the US, we're told. It combines a retail gallery in the front, filled with nautical artifacts, includinig an old 1800's naval sextant, lots of brass items--ship's bells and ship lights which are in beautiful condition.

Bill Thomas-Moore is the charming host, model shipwright who is the expert on building and restorations. He also builds and repairs clocks, and creates one of a kind doll houses and other miniatures.

He told us stories about the ships and history around charleston harbor. We enjoyed seeing the exhibits of ship models, and the paintings. In the rear is Mr. Thomas-Moore's studio workshop. You can see all the various ship models in stages...newly built ones and restorations in progress.

Among the maritime "jewels" in the studio, are two eight foot tall model racing yachts on display with radio controlled units. They were scratch built by Andrew Charters, who races them around the world.

It's all fascinating, and there is a lot of history surrounding Cooper River harbor--SHIP SHAPES is definitely a charming, historical mini maritime museum. A must see for adults and children. Easy going--Drop by for a visit and chat with Mr. Bill.

Bill gives ship modeling lessons as well. He's a fine storyteller and host. Don't miss it when you're down at the harbor...This unusual gallery is next to the SC Aquarium at Fountain Walk next to the boat landing for Schooner Pride and the SpiritLine Cruises.

Be sure to take the "Schooner Pride" Sailing Cruise around the harbor while you're there. We did, and it was dreamy...not noisy, but an easy ride around the harbor.

Posted by LadyPizazz on August 22, 2008 at 10:48 AM
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