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2,500 pound anchor recovered from the ocean floor

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QAR anchor being recovered. QAR anchor being recovered.
Anchor being recovered from the ocean floor. Anchor being recovered from the ocean floor.

MOREHEAD CITY, NC (WECT) – Crews recovered a 2,500 lb. anchor that belonged to Blackbeard's flagship, Queen Anne's Revenge, from the Atlantic Ocean Friday.  The anchor has been on the ocean floor since 1718.

The anchor was brought up to the decks of the R/V Dan Moore, CFCC vessel, and will be offloaded at the State Port at Morehead City.

The public is invited to see the anchor Friday at 1:30 p.m. at the Crystal Coast Visitor Center.  After the viewing, the anchor will be taken to the QAR Conservation Lab at East Carolina University in Greenville.

"The most comprehensive exhibit of Queen Anne's Revenge material to date will open at the NC Maritime Museum on June 11," said Director Joseph Schwarzer, of the NC Maritime Museums.  " The exhibit entails the complete renovation and redesign of over one third of the Museum's exhibit space."

In June 1718, Blackbeard ran the vessel aground after a successful blockade of the Charleston harbor. The shipwreck was located in 1996 by Intersal, Inc. of Florida by Operations Director Mike Daniel through research provided by Intersal President Phil Masters.

The Queen Anne's Revenge shipwreck site, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Sites, has already yielded more than 250,000 artifacts.

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