BEAUFORT, NC (WECT) - After being on another project for the month of July, marine archaeologists have returned to an area off the North Carolina coast to recover more items from the flagship of the pirate Blackbeard.
Remains of the Queen Anne's Revenge have been on the ocean floor for almost 300 years. It ran aground in 1718. The wreckage is spread over an area of the ocean when the depth is only about 15 feet.
Another round of recovery efforts is under way at the wreck site, about a mile off the North Carolina coastline.
In mid-June, divers from the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources brought two, 8 foot long cannons to the surface.
Since 1996, when the wreckage of Blackbeard's flagship was discovered, 15 cannons have been recovered. But bad weather forced the delay of obtaining six other cannons, which divers hope to recover before the latest round of exploring ends in October.
Divers will also be looking for other artifacts during this dive.
"There will be things such as navigation instruments, personal possessions, broken ceramics, parts of the ship, pieces of her rigging, weapons, the whole story that the crew left behind for us to figure out from what they left behind," said Billy Ray Morris, the Queen Anne's Revenge Project Director.
Progress this fall may be hampered not only by the weather, but by the lack of a vessel to help in the recovery efforts. For many years, the project team had used Cape Fear Community College's research vessel Dan Moore, but that ship has been retired, so the team is looking for another boat to help out.
Morris said the team will stay at the site thru the end of October, then return next year to finish up with the artifact recovery process, from the vessel that was under the command of one of the most feared Pirates of all time, Blackbeard.
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