On Oct. 28, underwater archeologists helped recover five cannons and two other large artifacts from the shipwreck of the Queen Anne’s Revenge, the infamous flagship that once belonged to the legendary pirate Blackbeard, according to the Huffington Post.
Archeologists were helped by the crew of the U.S. Coast Guard cutter Smilax, which assisted in hauling the artifacts from their watery resting place, the Carteret County News-Times reported.
A Pirate Ship Loaded with Cannons
While the recovery of so many cannons is a major step forward in the ongoing excavation of the Queen Anne’s Revenge, historical records show that Blackbeard’s ship held 40 cannons total, all of which may not be found before the current excavation project ends in 2014. With the latest recovery of the five canons, 22 cannons total have now been retrieved from the shipwreck site.
Each cannon weighs between 2,000 and 3,000 pounds. The cannons, which have been under water for centuries, are coated with concretions, or layers of hardened sand and dirt. The cannons are likely destined to be displayed at the North Carolina Maritime Museum.
What Else Do We Know About the Pirate Ship?
The shipwreck, which is located off the coast of Beaufort, N.C., was first discovered in 1996, and archeologists have been steadily gathering artifacts from the site ever since, the article explained. About 280,000 artifacts have been retrieved so far, including cannon balls, navigational and medical instruments, an anchor and more, but archaeologists are still eager to recover more before the hurricane-battered site deteriorates further.
Records show that Blackbeard’s ship sank when it ran aground nearly 300 years ago. It was once a French slave and merchant ship before Blackbeard captured it and renamed it the Queen Anne’s Revenge. Approximately 60% of the shipwreck site has been excavated, the News-Times reported.
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(Photo by North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources via HuffingtonPost.com)
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