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“Ahar, Chester!” says Blackbeard from beyond. “You’re me newest mate for me ship!”
Eighty feline hopefuls from as far away as Italy waited anxiously as Blackbeard’s team chose the newest member for the pirate’s catty crew.
The judges, from Ocracoke Island Realty, carefully searched through the cat photos for the most piratical-looking of cats to be the winner of the Blackbeard’s Cat contest, sponsored by Ocracats and held in honor of the 300th anniversary of the wily pirate’s undoing at the hands of Lt. Robert Maynard at Ocracoke Nov. 22, 1718.
T-shirts with Chester’s piratical image will be sold at Blackbeard’s Pirate Jamboree, Oct. 25 to 28, to benefit OcraCats, the island nonprofit that cares for Ocracoke’s feral cats. The OcraCats booth will be located in Community Square along with food and beer vendors in what will be the Food Court & Beer Garden Friday and Saturday during the four-day festival.
Chester is cared for by the Whiteheart family–Rusty, Michelle and Stella–of Winston-Salem.