May 27, 2011

Anchor From Blackbeard’s Ship To Be Raised Off N. Carolina

A 13 ft. long anchor found recently off the coast of North Carolina believed to be from the flagship of infamous pirate Blackbeard is going to be raised for the first time in almost 300 years, reports the Associated Press (AP).

The anchor is the second-largest artifact from Blackbeard's ship, Queen Anne's Revenge, which lies off the coast of Beaufort, sinking in 1718, just five months before Blackbeard was killed in a battle at Ocracoke Inlet.

The anchor is located atop other items that the Queen Anne's Revenge project hopes to recover from the remains of the ship. A wooden hull structure, ribs and a plank are at the bottom of the pile, protected by ballast that was stored there to keep the ship upright. Six cannon and four anchors are also in the pile.

"Blackbeard and piracy are important threads in eastern North Carolina's maritime heritage fabric. The historic and economic value of this project is enormous," Linda Carlisle, the state's cultural resources secretary tells Reuters.

Queen Anne's Revenge is the name the pirate gave to the captured French slave ship in 1717 and took as his primary base of operations. Blackbeard, whose real name was widely believed to be Edward Teach or Thatch, settled in Bath after receiving a governor's pardon. Some experts believe he returned to piracy after growing bored with land life.

Volunteers from the Royal Navy killed him in Ocracoke Inlet in November 1718, five months after the ship thought to be Queen Anne's Revenge sank.

The Queen Anne's Revenge shipwreck site is listed on the National Register of Historic Sites and has yielded more than 250,000 artifacts. The ship will be featured in the fourth movie of the Disney "Pirates of the Caribbean" franchise, which is currently in theaters.


Image Caption: Anchor A2, scheduled to be recovered from the Queen Anne's Revenge Shipwreck site. Credit: Rick Allen, Nautilus Productions


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