Blackbeard's Anchor Recovered Off Coast

An anchor from what's believed to be the wreck of the pirate Blackbeard's flagship has been raised from the ocean floor off the North Carolina coast.

Archaeologists believe the anchor recovered Friday is from the Queen Anne's Revenge, which sank in 1718. That was five months before Blackbeard was killed in a battle.

The artifact is the second-largest item at the shipwreck, outsized only by another anchor.

Researchers retrieved the anchor from the shipwreck about 20 feet under water and were bringing it to shore. The work to retrieve it began last week. The anchor is about 13 feet long and 8 feet across.

The recovery coincides with the release this month of "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides." The movie features both Blackbeard and the Queen Anne's Revenge.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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An anchor from what's believed to be the wreck of the pirate Blackbeard's flagship may see daylight again for the first time in almost 300 years.

Archaeologists hope to recover an anchor from what's presumed to be Queen Anne's Revenge on Friday morning in the waters off the coast of Beaufort, where the ship sank in 1718, just five months before Blackbeard was killed in a battle at Ocracoke Inlet. The artifact is the second-largest item at the shipwreck, outsized only by another anchor.

Researchers will go out on two boats to retrieve the anchor from the shipwreck that's about 20 feet underwater, then bring it ashore. The work to retrieve the anchor began last week. It's about 13 feet long with arms that are 8 feet across.

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Researchers and divers will soon be looking for pirate treasure off the North Carolina coast.

The treasure in this case is historical knowledge, in the form of artifacts salvaged from a shipwreck believed to be the pirate Blackbeard's flagship.

A news conference to discuss the expedition is scheduled for Wednesday at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.

The plan is for divers to work from May 23 to June 3 at the site of the wrecked Queen Anne's Revenge, which is near Beaufort. The ship ran aground in 1718.

Researchers aren't sure what they'll be able to salvage, but they'll be looking for large artifacts, including the ship's anchor.

Previous expeditions at the site have turned up a window pane, brass weights and a brass buckle.

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  • by Dustin on May 28, 2011 at 07:21 AM
    The people witching about this failed history class. I hope some of you realize students go to college to do this type of stuff for a living. Its called "Archaeology" and has been funded by your state and federal government for decades now. And whether you think so or not, it is important and a pretty big deal to alot of people. What an important piece of history! Great find guys!
  • by Fact Bringer Location: Greenville on May 27, 2011 at 11:24 PM
    I am sure the finance attributed to any category of higher education professional research can be boiled down to the common sense principles of the concrete thinking folks who have no advanced degree. The problem is, you're expressing a narrow view of society. Scholars will simply move to other states, and you and your cotton and tobacco sensibilities will remain with a limited market. Such a shame, as brilliant minds are cultivated here in North Carolina.
  • by BLAH on May 27, 2011 at 02:12 PM
    Can we tie this thing to some in congresses feet and throw it back over.
  • by Anonymous on May 27, 2011 at 12:51 PM
    Yipty yay. Who cares? Only in NC.
  • by Anonymous on May 27, 2011 at 07:57 AM
    this story doesnt make any comment about this being funded by tax dollars, can anyone east of I-95 actually read?
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      by TaxDollars? on May 27, 2011 at 09:59 AM in reply to
      You'll have to read the previous posts to catch up on what we all were responding to. Although, given your snarky remark about those "east of I-95" you may be the one with the literacy issue. Come on over, we'll teach you how to read. Chill out!
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        by Anonymous on May 27, 2011 at 10:54 AM in reply to TaxDollars?
        I have read the previous post and it says NOTHING about tax dollars, my previous post stands.
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        by Really? on May 27, 2011 at 11:46 AM in reply to TaxDollars?
        If it was a project coordinated by UNCW, then it is a public university and therefore funded by public dollars...
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          by Fact Bringer on May 27, 2011 at 12:08 PM in reply to Really?
          I know that folks think cutting things like historic research, the arts, and the humanities will be helpful for our budget woes, but those are exactly the areas where academia is going downhill. State money is a little involved in research like this, but a lot of it is also grant money, tuition money, and earmarked funding. Artifacts like this produce revenue for states when they are placed in exhibits later on- educational tourism is so much more useful in the long run than watching Fox News and "Cops", isn't it?
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          by Anonymous on May 27, 2011 at 01:11 PM in reply to Really?
          it doesnt say it is coordinated by UNCW, it says a news conference is at UNCW. maybe it is tax dollars mayby its not. i dont know but at least i am not spouting off things that i dont KNOW, my previous post STILL stands
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      by Josh on May 27, 2011 at 11:20 AM in reply to
      I can read east of 95.. come find out "anonymous"
  • by rolo on May 27, 2011 at 04:25 AM
    Blackbeard died at the fountain of youth, saw it on a movie last weekend.Barbossa took off with the Queen Annes Revenge. Get your facts straight!!
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      by Anonymous on May 27, 2011 at 09:24 AM in reply to rolo
      Barbossa is a fictional character from a fictional movie. Blackbeard died in Okracoke on 11-22-1718 after being shot. I think you are the one who needs to get the facts straight
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        by Dustin on May 28, 2011 at 07:24 AM in reply to
        lol, I think that one flew right over your head!
  • by TaxDollars? Location: Greenville on May 18, 2011 at 12:08 PM
    I'd rather my tax dollars be spent on this, which has historical value to NC rather than the display of use I witnessed yesterday at a local store. This woman told her "baby daddy" to save his dollar that he should have bought his Mountain Dew at WalMart. "Save that dollar, baby, we got food stamps! We might need that dollar!" Oh yea, and if you're wondering I didn't get to see what they drove away in...probably an Escalade! Sheesh!
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      by Anonymous on May 18, 2011 at 01:37 PM in reply to TaxDollars?
      Probably not an Escalade. If you think it's so great to be poor you should give your job to somebody who'll appreciate it and try poverty for a while.
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        by bs on May 19, 2011 at 01:06 AM in reply to
        What he was saying is take a trip to say... west greenville and check out the cars they drive. Alot live in public housing or run down appts. but drive cars with 22" rims and something like charmin ultra, redbull or trojan condoms written down the side and have the nerve to say the goverment owes them something then claim "poverty"
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          by TaxDollars? on May 19, 2011 at 06:47 AM in reply to bs
          Thanks bs- Anonymous, chill out, I never said anything about it being great to be poor. Be careful about putting words in others mouths. I've been on the poverty side and am not much above it! Hard work, faith, and perserverence pay off. I wish good things for you in the future, maybe things will get better. My comment is more directed not at those who are truly living in poverty but to those who are milking the system fraudulently who expect me and my house to pay their way purchasing mountain dews with food stamps! Drink water! Stop getting mani's and pedi's every week and lay off the name brand clothing when you don't have a pot to pee in at home. I don't owe those no-goods a dime but yet my hard earned dollars go to fund their bad habits. Everyone in the welfare system should have to take a drug test before they get their checks, or food stamps. They also should have to take self help classes, ged or college classes, and learn how to be self supporting members of society...not free loaders with an attitude! The welfare system was designed to help those in need not to be a primary lifeline to those taught to use it like that!
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          by visually sick on May 27, 2011 at 05:18 AM in reply to bs
          right on the money "Tax Dollars". I could not have said it better myself. Freeloaders with an attitude. I totally agree with everything you have mentioned. The biggest part being, that the goverment needs to just quite giving it away and make people start doing something for the monies to better themselves and have a goal of coming off of it one day, rather than depending on it as your income the rest of their life. Drug tests, vehicle to home ratio checks, GED is a definate. And just for the record, Im broke as can be also, but I put in 40-50hrs a week, and have done so since the age of 16yr. I dont drive a fancy care, but yet someone that does nothing but chill,look cool, and drink the days away, get to ride the fancy rides, and look the fancy rolls. PUT FORTH SOME EFFORT PEOPLE!! WE OWE YOU NOTHING! But yet we are stuck supporting your ways. Well....enjoy them..I sure cant......Thanks Goverment,Great Job.........
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        by Joe on May 27, 2011 at 08:42 AM in reply to
        Actually the so called 'poor' people in this country are rich compared to those in other countries since our government essentially supports living for free. When I see people wearing their baggy designer pants, RL polo shirts, driving on 24's, listening to an Ipod while they sip their 40...that to me tells me they ARE NOT poor. Visit another country one day, you will be in for a rude awakening as to what poor REALLY IS!!! Some of those people ACTUALLY WORK for a living yet they live in a tin hut directly attached to another tin hut, can barely afford to even buy food let alone clothes, but yet they are 1,000 times more hospitable than the so called 'poor' people in this country who feel everything should be given to them for free. Next time you see the Charmin, Off, or Ajax car rolling down the road on their 40" wheels as they pull into their HOUSE funded by the government, just remember THEY ARE NOT REALLY THAT POOR!!
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          by newport on May 27, 2011 at 10:30 AM in reply to Joe
          you could not be further from the truth----the only thing this country is poor in is the long forgotten 'FAMILY VALUES' and 'EVERYDAY MORALS' it has been long in the making and now it is out of control----we probly have more teen mothers in this country than we do cancer patients---and what an alarming rate of them same teen moms killing thier kids letting sickos molest thier kids so they can party some more.
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          by Fact Bringer on May 27, 2011 at 12:04 PM in reply to Joe
          There are some ridiculous generalizations in these comments.
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          by @ Fact Bringer on May 27, 2011 at 01:20 PM in reply to Joe
          Nah, its not a ridiculous generalization comparison, just what I have seen with my OWN TWO EYES in this country as it compares to what I have seen in others. Try using your own eyes and brain one day and you may wake up from the politically correct world your in and that our government purports is how EVERYONE should think.
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          by To FB on May 27, 2011 at 01:23 PM in reply to Joe
          Ridiculous generalizations? Far from it!! You may want to get your facts straight.
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          by Fact Bringer on May 27, 2011 at 11:19 PM in reply to Joe
          So give me some numbers. Have you conducted a survey of West Greenville residents and their uses of government funding? Do you have the tax returns for these folks? Have you interviewed them? What sample size do you have? Is this a perception based on your emotions or can you quantify this in a way that shows it as fact and not just your perception? When someone says "my own two eyes" that is usually a way to defy math and logic. Let's see a fact.
  • by A Grave is a Grave! on May 18, 2011 at 11:49 AM
    Cool! Does this mean I can go down to the cemetery with a shovel and dig around for some artifacts?
  • by Mike on May 18, 2011 at 10:51 AM
    You guys will complain about anything won't you? If you find something positive to do with your spare time you may find that you aren't so bitter and whiny about EVERYTHING. At least find out if tax money is being put into this, and if so how much and why before you burst into tears about it all over an internet news site.
  • by taxman on May 18, 2011 at 09:56 AM
    State might be able to use some of this loot to help run the schools, balance the budget, etc. !! What you think Repubs ? Another source of money $$$$ !!
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      by chili on May 28, 2011 at 08:26 AM in reply to taxman
      ..want to see what "more money" has done for North Carolina Schools? "results of North Carolina Education"...see what you get..powerball numbers...seriously, if you think "more money" will "help run the schools"...come up with a figure...please provide the taxpayer with a close estimate of what it will cost ...tell the taxpayer HOW MUCH "MORE MONEY" is needed to "FIX" the school problem...but it better FIX it....... because if it doesn't..NO MORE "MORE MONEY"...that "More Money" for education is really getting, what was this about an anchor being found...
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