N.C. divers to search Blackbeard's ship for artifacts
In addition to being known for his dark, twisted facial hair, Blackbeard was said to have lit fuses under his hat.
May 21st, 2011
05:19 PM ET

N.C. divers to search Blackbeard's ship for artifacts

In a bid to recover sunken artifacts – and as an excuse just to say “Aarrrgh” to each other – divers plan an expedition next week off North Carolina to the flagship of famed 18th century pirate Blackbeard.

Blackbeard’s ship, Queen Anne’s Revenge, is believed to have run aground in the shallow waters off Beaufort, North Carolina, in 1718. The ship was discovered by excavators in 1996, with piecemeal recovery of artifacts intensifying only a few years ago.

Staff from the North Carolina Underwater Archaeology Branch will enter the waters Monday for a two-week mission focused on “conducting a detailed assessment of the main mound to determine strategies for disassembly and recovery,” according to the Queen Anne’s Revenge website.

Mark Wilde-Ramsing, project director for the Queen Anne’s Revenge dive, told WUNC 91.5 the expedition hopes to score a trove of 18th century goods, which then can be used to educate the public and raise awareness of underwater preservation efforts.

He said divers could  "hopefully recover a large anchor that is on the main ballast pile. There's a lot of these rock, stones and these anchors, two of them, plus a lot of cannon underneath,” he told 91.5.

Blackbeard, known for his dark, braided facial hair, evidently used a lot of cannons.

An article published in March on the Smithsonian website said the Queen Anne’s Revenge was found to have about 225,000 pieces of lead shot and at least 25 cannons, many of them still loaded.

Romanticized in history books as a notorious ruffian, Blackbeard, born in Britain as Edward Teach, terrorized Atlantic seafarers from the shores of the American colonies to the Caribbean.

The Queen Anne dive is part of a conservation project that has been years in the making. Wilde-Ramsing said divers will try  anti-corrosion agents and devices to stop or even reverse years of saltwater decay, according to 91.5.

For more information, see the Queen Anne's Revenge website.

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  1. RUFFNUTT

    arhg bad luck to be talkin bout pirates on the day of the rapture...

    May 21, 2011 at 5:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • d-rew

      hahahah classic

      May 21, 2011 at 5:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Quiet Profi

      we must have missed it

      May 21, 2011 at 6:09 pm | Report abuse |
  2. RUFFNUTT

    i wish they would do a remake of goonies..

    May 21, 2011 at 5:30 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Jazzzzzzzz

    RUFFNUTT, Nooooo the Goonies is perfect just the way it is. None of steven Speilbergs films needs a remake as far as I'm concern. btw RUFFNUTT

    May 21, 2011 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse |
  4. toby

    apparently he used a lot of cannons.

    May 21, 2011 at 5:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • RUFFNUTT

      he was compansating for lack of something else???

      May 21, 2011 at 6:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Isaac

      Yea. A lack of cannons.

      May 22, 2011 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
  5. Krasnaya

    Why are you rating pies? I do not understand this American custom: pie-rating.

    May 21, 2011 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
  6. KPOD

    So please JAZZZZZ can we pick spielbergs brains for his version of "Blackbeard"?-always a sucker for a good pirate movie, lets try a factual one.

    May 21, 2011 at 5:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jazzzzzzzz

      k, I'll (one up ya) how bout one factual and one fictional. Steven against Guy Richie. Your turn. He He

      May 21, 2011 at 7:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • RUFFNUTT

      GOONIES 2? the quest for blackbeards treasure?

      May 21, 2011 at 8:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Isaac

      Goonies The Musical: The Truffle Shuffle Hits Broadway

      May 22, 2011 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
  7. Cesar

    I am Cesar! The world is an expedition, and I am its most valued artifact.

    May 21, 2011 at 6:00 pm | Report abuse |
  8. popeye

    Arrrgaa all you scallywaggen trolls walk the plank.

    May 21, 2011 at 6:53 pm | Report abuse |
  9. RUFFNUTT

    all those cannons and nothing to blow up makes blackbeard a dull boy...

    May 21, 2011 at 6:57 pm | Report abuse |
  10. popeye

    To bad we couldn't reincarnate him and send him to the middle east to pirate some oil !

    May 21, 2011 at 7:04 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Skull Pirate

    i wonder if they'll unearth any pushead skull captains or pirates??!! YARRRRRGH!!!!!! 52 marbled mayhemic weeks!!!

    May 21, 2011 at 7:14 pm | Report abuse |
  12. dooms day surviver

    I survived dooms day:)

    May 21, 2011 at 7:28 pm | Report abuse |
  13. popeye

    Arrrhgaa all you scallywaggen trolls walk the plank. Hardy har har har

    May 21, 2011 at 7:30 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Pix

    Most redundant statement of the day:

    "Blackbeard, known for his dark, braided facial hair, evidently used a lot of cannons."

    May 21, 2011 at 7:35 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Cesar

    I am Cesar. The world is a cold giant Bud Lite, and I am its frosty mug.

    May 21, 2011 at 7:42 pm | Report abuse |
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