When archaeologists recovered the first anchor form the wreck of Blackbeard’s flagship Queen Anne’s Revenge in shallow waters off the coast of North Carolina on Friday they determined that plans would need to be changed for further excavation and recovery of the rest of the 300-year-old artifacts located in the central part of the ship.
Divers planning to recover the second-largest anchor on the Queen Anne’s Revenge, which is 13 feet long with arms that are 8 feet across. It was discovered that the anchor was too well attached to the other items in the ballast pile, so they went in through the side and pulled up the third-largest anchor instead. Ships often had more than one anchor, for use in emergencies.
The shipwreck, was first discovered in 1996 and will be shown starting June 11 at the N.C. Maritime Museum in Beaufort. The team hopes to recover all the artifacts by the end of 2013.
The Disney film “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” starring Johnny Depp was released earlier this month featuring both Blackbeard and the Queen Anne’s Revenge.
“In 1717, Blackbeard captured a French slave ship and renamed it Queen Anne’s Revenge. Blackbeard, whose real name was widely believed to be Edward Teach or Thatch, settled in Bath and received a governor’s pardon. Volunteers with 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, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Sites, has already yielded more than 250,000 artifacts.”
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