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.
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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.
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.