Ten years and two million dollars later reseachers still can't say for sure if a shipwreck off the coast of Beaufort in Carteret County 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