‘Outer Banks’: The Truth About the Royal Merchant Ship

by Jeremy Spirogis
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Outer Banks followers dislike points of the present that incorrectly painting life in North Carolina. Despite all the pieces the fictional sequence will get improper in regards to the Outer Banks, there’s one main plot aspect that’s rooted in historical past. Learn extra in regards to the actual Royal Merchant ship and the treasure that sank with it.

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Madison Bailey, Rudy Pankow, Chase Stokes, and Jonathan Daviss | Netflix

North Carolina is vastly completely different in actuality 

The Netflix sequence will get criticized for getting issues factually improper in regards to the Outer Banks. Local surfer Brent Nultemeier advised Esquire how folks from the Outer Banks don’t use Kook or Pogue to explain social courses. In the fictional sequence, these phrases describe the place characters are from. On event, they’re used as an insult.

Ironically, Nultemeier says there’s loads much less boating within the Outer Banks, too. “That’s not necessarily how it goes around here,” Nultemeier stated, referencing how characters use boats to get round. “I’m sure there are some communities where you can hop on your boat and get from place to place, [but] you don’t normally travel around in your boat all the time. Boats aren’t cheap.”

‘Outer Banks’ followers are nonetheless mad about this geographical mistake 

Outer Banks is a fictional sequence, however that didn’t cease Outer Banks natives from criticizing a scene that means you may take a ferry from the Outer Banks to Chapel Hill. “I don’t want people to think that we don’t know Chapel Hill isn’t near the coast,” Jonas Pate advised the News Observer. “Maybe I’m overthinking this, but we bleed North Carolina, and we want it to reflect well on our state,” the showrunner added. 

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Pate says the unique script had a crucial scene that confirmed John B (Chase Stokes) and Sarah Cameron (Madelyn Cline) taking an Uber after leaving the ferry. Unfortunately, that scene was reduce from the ultimate edit of the sequence. Viewers haven’t let Pate dwell that mistake down! 

The Royal Merchant was based mostly on a historic ship named The Merchant Royal. 

In the fictional story of Outer Banks, John B and his Pogue buddies are on the hunt for $400 million in gold that sank with the storied Royal Merchant ship. After John B’s dad’s mysterious disappearance, discovering the gold turns into his mission. He encourages his pals to assist him discover the treasure, which is supposedly somebody off the coast of the island.

The Telegraph reported the true Merchant Royal ship sank in 1641 off the southern coast of England. In Outer Banks, the ship sank within the 1800s off the coast of North Carolina. The authentic Merchant Royal, also called “The El Dorado of the seas,” towed $1.5 billion in silver and gold. No one has but to search out The Merchant Royal. However, in March 2019 an anchor was discovered that’s presumably from The Merchant Royal.

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“It’s an admiralty patterned long shank anchor, the right type for The Merchant Royal,” Mark Milburn, co-founder of Cornwall Maritime Archaeology, advised the Daily Mail. “From what I see in the pictures, it is the same design as ones used in the 17th century.” While a historic discover like that is compelling proof, Milburn cautions any diver who needs to seek for extra. “It’s a serious dive,” he stated. “It takes a lot of the right equipment, and most divers know that.”

Despite the inventive liberties Pate and his co-creators took with Outer Banks, the sequence continues to be a fascinating watch. 

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