State underwater archaeologists plan to raise a cannon today from a sunken ship that could have belonged the pirate Blackbeard.
They plan to raise the roughly 8-foot-long cannon weighing about 2,500 pounds as part of an ongoing excavation project at the presumed site of Queen Anne's Revenge.
The cannon would be on display Wednesday for the public at the N.C. Maritime Museum expansion site at Gallants Channel in Beaufort.
The current three-month expedition began in August and is expected to recover thousands of artifacts.
Historians believe the Queen Anne's Revenge ran aground in Beaufort Inlet in June 1718. State archaeologists have researched the shipwreck for 10 years, but are still waiting to find an indisputable link to Blackbeard.