Blackbeard’s Anchor Found off Carolina Coast

James Sheldon reports on the recent discovery of the famous pirate’s shipwreck.

Hold up, this Blackbeard fella is for realsies?

No doubt.

Blackbeard, the nick-name of the infamous English Pirate, Edward Teach, operated on the ship of Benjamin Hornigold–seriously, Hornigold–before acquiring his own fleet by commandeering French merchant and slave-trade vessels.

The flagship, La Concorde, Teach renamed Queen Anne’s Revenge. Blackbeard wreaked havoc by reputation in the Caribbean for two year period before he was pardoned by the local governor, then engaged and killed in a battle on November 22, 1718.

An anchor was recovered off the coast of North Carolina, believed to be one of the anchors of Queen Anne’s Revenge. It measured 11′4″ in height, and possessed an arm span of 7′7″. This is considered an “everyday” anchor, smaller than others that have been found in the wreckage, but more accessible and easier to raise.

A team of archaeologists and divers are attempting to recover as many artifacts as possible from the 300 year old wreckage, which will go on display at the N.C. Maritime Museum in Beaufort, North Carolina. The hope is to attract tourists, and I have no doubt that every Jack Sparrow-loving nerd will put the museum on their bucket list–especially after the most recent installation to the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise features Blackbeard (Ian McShane) as well as the Queen Anne’s Revenge. Yes, I’m speaking for myself.

The underwater work will continue until all available artifacts can be lifted from the sea floor–the goal is to have everything up and on display by 2013, when Disney will no doubt release yet another cash cow of seafaring, lovable criminals. Perhaps they can work One-Eyed Willie into the mix? But then, he was a Pacific pirate, wasn’t he?

For the original report go to http://www.manolith.com/2011/05/27/blackbeards-anchor-found-off-carolina-coast/

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