They're still looking and hoping. Ten years and 2 million dollars have yet to result in a "smoking blunderbuss" that proves a shipwreck off the coast of Beaufort belonged to the notorious pirate Blackbeard. \
But researchers say they --haven't-- found anything among the cannons, coins, anchors, and other artifacts that rules it out. Some state officials stop short of confirming the oldest shipwreck ever found in North Carolina waters belonged to Blackbeard.
They say it's best to remain cautious because the state's reputation is on the line. But even if it turns out --not-- to be the Queen Anne's Revenge, the decade of research and examination have been worth the effort. That's the view from Jerry Cashion, chairman of the state Historical Commission.
Five months after the ship thought to be Queen Anne's Revenge sank in June 1718, Blackbeard was killed by volunteers from the Royal Navy.