Thursday, June 2, 2011

A 3,000 pound anchor of Queen Anne's Revenge, the flagship of the notorious 18th century pirate Blackbeard, was found on May 28 off Beaufort, North Carolina . The Queen Anne's Revenge is believed have run aground in the shallow waters off Beaufort in 1718. The ship was recovered in 1996 and has already yielded about 250,000 artifacts including cannons, gold, platters, glass, beads, shackle and rope. The artifacts will be featured in North Carolina Maritime Museum in Beaufort on June 11.

Romanticized in history books as a notorious ruffian, Blackbeard, born as Edward Teach of Bristol, Britain, terrorized seafarers plying the shores of the American Colonies to the Caribbean. He was killed by a small force of sailors led by Lieutenant Robert Maynard in November 1718. He has been since the inspiration of many pirate-themed films, including the famed Pirates of the Caribbean movie series.

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