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More Blackbeard History Comes To Surface In Beaufort

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Nearly 300 years after the death of the infamous pirate, Blackbeard, more of his artillery comes to the surface.

The North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources says five more cannons were raised from the wreckage of the Queen Anne's Revenge on Monday.

The ship sank off the coast of Beaufort centuries ago.

Four of the cannons weigh 2,000 pounds.

Project Director Billy Ray Morris says historians believe the largest cannon, weighing nearly 3,000 pounds, was made in Sweden. Proving that theory would add weight to the storied pirate's history of gathering cannons from different countries.

So far, the state said 280,000 artifacts have been recovered from the underwater vessel.

The crew expects a full recovery mission to be completed by 2014.

Queen Anne's Revenge was labeled Blackbeard's flagship. Historians say before being commandeered by the pirate and his crew, the Queen Anne's Revenge was previously named La Concorde and served as a French slave ship.


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