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A newly restored cannon recovered from the 1718 shipwreck of Blackbeard’s flagship, Queen Anne’s Revenge (QAR),will be on display for the public in late February at the N.C. Maritime Museum in Beaufort.  

Other artifacts will include a pewter decorated wooden knife handle, cannon wadding, and a hand grenade.

Blackbeard, otherwise known as Edward Thatcher (or “Teach” in some circles), was perhaps the most notorious pirate along the eastern seaboard of North America during the heyday of ocean-going piracy between the late 17th and first quarter of the 18th centuries. In June of 1718 his fleet attempted to enter Old Topsail Inlet, NC, now known as Beaufort Inlet.  His flagship, Queen Anne’s Revenge and the Adventure ran aground at the Inlet and was subsequently abandoned by Blackbeard and many of his crew, fleeing to the north. He and some of his fellow crew members were eventually killed by an expedition of the Royal Navy the following November. Read more.

BEAUFORT — The much anticipated “Blackbeard’s Queen Anne’s Revenge” exhibit at the N.C. Maritime Museum received a decidedly grand opening Saturday.

About 1,800 had visited the waterfront museum within the first three hours the 1,200-square-foot exhibit, with more than 300 artifacts from the QAR wreckage, was open to the public.

Among them was Carolyn Stockwell of Jacksonville who was there with her two sons, Teddy, 4, and Leo, 3.

“It’s really fantastically put together,” she said after viewing the exhibit. “Leo is really into pirates … He’s very interested in weaponry,” she added, which Leo confirmed with an enthusiastic, “I love swords.”

His brother, Teddy, piped up that his favorite part was the swords, too.

Before diving into the exhibit, she, along with the other hundreds of visitors, waited in a more than 30-minute line that wrapped throughout the museum’s other exhibits.

The journey to bring the QAR exhibit to the maritime museum has been 15 years in the making. Read more.

BEAUFORT — A nonprofit marine archaeology company here thinks it may have found a legendary shipwreck off Shackleford Banks.

Rob Smith, president of Surface Interval Dive Co., based in Beaufort, said he believes his company has found the three-masted schooner Crissie Wright, which ran aground and partially sank in shallow water off Shackleford Banks on Jan. 8, 1886, near the now-vanished community of Wade’s Shore. All but one of its crew perished in the wreck.

“I’d been looking for the wreck on and off for the last 12 years,” he said Tuesday. “Then in April we found a debris field. And on our last trip on May 29 our magnetometer started singing like Ethel Merman. Our readings showed a large wreck and it’s in the right location. I’m 85 percent sure it’s the Crissie Wright.” Read more.

Archaeologists have successfully raised a nearly 3,000-pound anchor from the Queen Anne’s Revenge, the ship that pirate Blackbeard and his crew intentionally grounded near Beaufort in 1718. It is the largest artifact yet recovered from the wreck of the notorious pirate’s flagship.

Archaeologists this morning successfully raised an anchor from the Queen Anne’s Revenge, the ship that pirate Blackbeard and his crew intentionally grounded near Beaufort in 1718.

The nearly 3000-pound anchor is the largest artifact yet recovered from the wreck of the notorious pirate’s flagship.

The anchor, one of four carried aboard the ship, was atop a pile of debris, which appears to be the remnants of the middle part of the ship, including its cargo hold, said Mark Wilde-Ramsing, a deputy state archaeologist and director of the Queen Anne’s Revenge project.

Next week, Wilde-Ramsing said, researchers hope to dig a small test hole into the side of the pile where the anchor was removed to get a sense of what else might be hidden there. They’re particularly keen to find organic material such as seeds and spores that could help detail the pirates’ stops in exotic ports. Read more.

BEAUFORT — It seems storm clouds are brewing over the raising of a 3,000-pound anchor in Beaufort Inlet that was originally scheduled for Thursday at the shipwreck site presumed to be the Queen Anne’s Revenge, flagship of Blackbeard.

Because of bad weather, the anchor raising has been postponed, and according to a press release issued Tuesday by Maryanne Friend with the state Cultural Resources Department, the raising will take place possibly Friday or Wednesday of next week.

As state underwater archeologists are wrestling with the weather, the discoverer of the shipwreck, Capt. Mike Daniel of Jupiter, Fla., issued a press release Tuesday denouncing the raising of the anchor and other items contained in the large pile of artifacts located underneath the anchor in the central part of the wreck site.

“The remains of the QAR, our nation’s most historically important pirate site and a former slave ship, is a living reef that is made up of cannons and anchors that are all fused together with an encrustation. The reef, with a wide variety of sea life attached to it, has protected the wreck site from weather for almost 300 years,” he said in his statement. Read more.

BEAUFORT — State underwater archaeologists are scheduled to arrive Friday here to begin setting up for a dive expedition in Beaufort Inlet to recover a large anchor from the shipwreck presumed to be the Queen Anne’s Revenge, flagship of the notorious pirate Blackbeard.

The two-week expedition begins just as moviegoers across America are excited about the latest “Pirates of the Caribbean” movie, which features the pirate and the Queen Anne’s Revenge, which records indicate Blackbeard sunk off North Carolina’s coast in 1718. Read more.


BEAUFORT — State underwater archaeology divers will begin a two-week dive expedition Thursday at the shipwreck in Beaufort Inlet presumed to be the Queen Anne’s Revenge, flagship of the notorious pirate Blackbeard.

One of the goals of the expedition is to bring up a 13-foot by 8-foot wrought iron anchor, one of four large anchors remaining at the site.  A 5-foot grapnel anchor was retrieved from the site in 2009 and is undergoing conservation.

The anchor sits on top of a large pile of artifacts located in the central part of the wreck site, said Dr. Mark Wilde-Ramsing, director of the Underwater Archaeology Branch at Fort Fisher and the QAR Project.

“This will give us access to cannons on the pile and give us a better sense of what we need to do because it’s such a jumbled pile of artifacts,” he said.

He plans to retrieve the anchor May 26, with it placed on public display May 27 at the N.C. Maritime Museum’s Gallant’s Channel property here. From there it will be transported to the Queen Anne’s Revenge (QAR) conservation lab at East Carolina University in Greenville. Read more.

BEAUFORT – The world of Blackbeard and his fellow pirates comes to life with a new exhibit and events this summer at the North Carolina Maritime Museum in Beaufort.

In 1718, the notorious pirate ran his flagship, Queen Anne’s Revenge (QAR), aground in Beaufort Inlet, roughly two miles from where the Museum stands today. On Saturday, June 11, the Museum will open the “Blackbeard’s Queen Anne’s Revenge” exhibit, showcasing the artifacts and history of the wreckage.

“This is the most significant exhibition the Museum has undertaken in several decades,” said Museum Director Joseph Schwarzer. “It will be the most definitive and comprehensive display of QAR material to date.” Read more.