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Salvage Off Coast Of Beaufort Recovers Blackbeard's Cannon

Researchers this morning raised a one-ton cannon from the wreck of the pirate Blackbeard's ship, which has been on the ocean floor off the North Carolina coast for nearly 300 years.

The Queen Anne's Revenge Project brought the cannon onshore Wednesday. The project, named after the flagship, has been working since 1997 to salvage artifacts from the wreck.

The retrieved cannon will be on public display Wednesday in front of the state Maritime Museum in Beaufort before it's taken to a laboratory for further study.

After nearly three centuries underwater, the cannon has become encased in a cement-like shell of sand, salt and aquatic creatures. It could take years for researchers to learn exactly what the shell contains in addition to the cannon.


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In an attempt to recover a cannon from Blackbeard's sunken ship, crews working on the shipwreck of the Queen Anne's Revenge have discovered other hidden treasures.

The divers found what they believe to be the lid that belongs to a set of seven bronze nesting weight cups recovered four years ago, according to the Jacksonville Daily News.

The ship lies in the waters off the coast of Carteret County, where it sank in 1718, just five months before Blackbeard was killed in a battle at Ocracoke Inlet. The wreck was discovered in 1996.


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Much of the North Carolina coast is still recovering from Hurricane Irene, but the storm left the remains of Blackbeard's ship largely untouched.

The Daily News of Jacksonville reports that a new expedition this week to the sunken Queen Anne's Revenge has found the site weathered the storm fairly well.

Project director Mark Wilde-Ramsing says a sand berm near the site seems to help protect it from storm damage.

The four-week expedition this fall aims to recover one of the ship's largest cannons, along with cannon balls and other artifacts.

The ship lies in the waters off the coast of Carteret County, where it sank in 1718, just five months before Blackbeard was killed in a battle at Ocracoke Inlet. The wreck was discovered in 1996.


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