An anchor from the shipwreck that's thought to be from Blackbeard's flagship, the Queen Anne's Revenge, is so unstable that divers hope to retrieve it now rather than waiting until next year.
State officials say divers hope to retrieve the 4.5-foot grapnel, or anchor, that's in the Atlantic ocean near Beaufort on Wednesday and display it Thursday. They say two of the four prongs remain on the grapnel.
Archaeologists and conservators with the state Department of Cultural Resources say the grapnel has become unstable after nearly 300 years in the sea and is too vulnerable to be exposed to possible storms.
The grapnel will be displayed Thursday morning at the North Carolina Maritime Museum in Beaufort and Thursday afternoon at the QAR Conservation Lab in Greenville.