BEAUFORT, N.C. — The final week of the expedition at the wreck of Blackbeard’s flagship,Queen Anne’s Revenge (QAR), is pulling out the big guns. Literally. Five cannons, four weighing 2,000 pounds and one nearly 3,000 pounds, will be lifted from the floor of the Atlantic Ocean Monday, Oct. 28, weather permitting. All the cast iron cannons fired six pound cannon balls, and will bring to 20 the cannons raised from the site. This will be the biggest ‘catch’ of cannons recovered at one time.
"We think the largest of the four cannons may be of Swedish origin since the only other recovered gun this size was made in Sweden," Project Director Billy Ray Morris observes. Read more.
They are working hard at an underwater grave of an 18th century shipwreck. It is a delicate operation, requiring patient and methodical movement by a team of divers to extract a precious assembly of historic artifacts. It is colloquially named “The Pile”, a concretion of objects that consists of a large anchor lying over seven cannon, other artifacts, and a natural encrustation that has built up over nearly 300 years. This is the wreckage site of the famous pirate Blackbeard’s flagship Queen Anne’s Revenge (QAR), just off the coast near Beaufort, North Carolina.
"The immense amount of iron concentrated in this area has provided a host of nutrients for sea life, which in turn has supplemented the amount of encrustation surrounding the artifacts, essentially turning eight separate iron objects into one giant mass," reports Kimberly Kenyon, Conservator with the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resource’s Queen Anne’s Revenge (QAR) Project. Read more.
RALEIGH – Thousands of priceless artifacts have been recovered from the early 1700′s shipwreck in Beaufort Inlet that is widely considered to be the “Queen Anne’s Revenge,” the ship abandoned by Blackbeard the pirate after he ran aground in 1708.
The most famous pirate in history, Blackbeard was the scourge of the East Coast and the Caribbean, as he attacked merchant ships, took people hostage, flaunted the law with a band of dangerous men, and died in a blaze of glory not far from Ocracoke Island, North Carolina.
This past week, divers from North Carolina’s underwater archaeology division raised two thousand pound cannons from the murky depths of the inlet where the wreck is located and will restore them over several years at East Carolina’s lab in Greenville.
However, one find that was recently shown to the media in the past couple of weeks captures the imagination like few of the other pieces, as it represents one of the more iconic pieces of hardware associated with pirates: a sword. Read more.
BEAUFORT — If at first you don’t succeed — try, try again. On their fourth effort this month, state underwater archaeologists brought up two cannons Thursday from the Queen Anne’s Revenge shipwreck in Beaufort Inlet.
Archaeologists had originally planned to bring up three cannons that day, but because of time left the third on the ocean floor for a future expedition.
It’s been a challenge for archaeologists, who had originally set out to bring up eight cannons in June, but because of poor weather conditions had to cancel previous dives.
It was sweet victory for archaeologists as cannons were hoisted aboard the Cape Fear Community College research vessel, the Dan Moore, as a boat full of media and others invited to witness the event watched on a nearby vessel that had been chartered by Wendy and Bucky Oliver of Beaufort, members of the Friends of the Queen Anne’s Revenge, the nonprofit fundraising organization for the project. Read more.
BEAUFORT — State underwater archaeologists delayed bringing up three cannons this week from the Queen Anne’s Revenge shipwreck in Beaufort Inlet because of rough seas and safety concerns.
Crews went out to the site, but large swells led to the decision to cancel the dive Wednesday, according to Deputy State Archaeologist Billy Ray Morris, QAR project director.
“There was no way we were going to put a 2,000 pound cannon up while divers were in the water with those swells. The swells could have pushed a diver into the steel hull of the ship and the cannons wouldn’t have been stable,” he said after returning from the site Wednesday for a press conference at the U.S. Coast Guard Station at Fort Macon. Read more.
More cannons and other artifacts will be raised over the next few weeks from their underwater grave off the coast of Beaufort Inlet, North Carolina, the site where the infamous 18th century pirate Blackbeard ran his flagship, Queen Anne’s Revenge,aground over an ocean bar soon after departing from his attack on Charleston, South Carolina in May of 1718.
A dive team of 20 researchers, including staff from the Underwater Archaeology Branch of the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources, the North Carolina Maritime Museum, and interns from East Carolina University in Greenville, is now underway, hoping to recover a total of eight cannons and other artifacts by June 20. Later this summer, the team will also recover artifacts from the forward section of the ship and assess the site for a potential full recovery in 2014. Read more.
BEAUFORT, N.C. — A formal ceremony is marking the end of an eight-week expedition to recover artifacts from the ship believed to have belonged to Blackbeard.
The ceremony was scheduled for Friday in Beaufort.
The event highlights the conclusion of the expedition by archaeologists to recover artifacts from Queen Anne’s Revenge. Since 1997, several of the cannons and more than 250,000 artifacts have been retrieved including gold, platters, glass, beads, rope, the anchor and several ballast stones.
In 1717, Blackbeard captured a French slave ship and renamed it Queen Anne’s Revenge. Blackbeard 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. (source)
BEAUFORT — State underwater archaeologists headed out Tuesday in search of artifacts at the Queen Anne’s Revenge shipwreck in Beaufort Inlet.
This is the third week of an eight-week dive expedition to the shipwreck sailed and eventually run aground by the infamous 18th century British pirate Blackbeard.
While the ship was sunk off the coast of Fort Macon in 1718, it wasn’t until its discovery in 1996 that it began giving up secrets on the Golden Age of Piracy.
Since its discovery about 25 feet underwater, state archaeologists have recovered hundreds of thousands of artifacts, including several cannons, a ship’s bell and anchor. Divers have excavated more than 50 percent of the site and hope to complete another 20 percent by Oct. 26, when the expedition ends. Read more.