Just south of Surfside Beach, about 10 minutes from Seafood House Calabash Buffet restaurant, is a community called Murrells Inlet that was a hiding and resting place for pirates in the 17th and 18th centuries.

The inlet has calm waters that are separated from the ocean by a long and wide sandbar that is today called Garden City Beach. Several creeks extend from the inlet, providing conveniently private spots where pirates could dock their ships.

One of the most infamous pirates was Blackbeard, whose real name was either Edward Teach or Edward Thatch. He was an Englishman who trolled the Caribbean and the east coast of the present-day United States in the early 1700s.

Blackbeard famously blockaded the port of Charles Town (today known as Charleston), South Carolina, which is a 90-minute drive south of Myrtle Beach. He and his crew often pillaged and plundered ships and communities between Charles Town and Bath, North Carolina, which is at the northern end of the Outer Banks.

But between those two communities was Murrells Inlet, which was a pleasant place for pirates to relax.

A legend that has become quite embellished over the years says that after a rum-soaked pirate party lasting all night, one of the pirates was accidentally left behind on a small island in Murrells Inlet where a stash of booze was buried. Two years later his crew returned to find the remains of the rum casks, along with the bones of the forgotten pirate. It is supposed that he died with a smile on his face.

At Seafood House Calabash Buffet, enjoy a pirate-theme atmosphere complete with a buffet line that looks like a sailing ship and servers dressed like pirates. We serve rum cocktails like Pirate’s Punch and Caribbean Sunrise.