Two Cannons retrieved from the Wreck of Blackbeard’s Flagship

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Blackbeard, a pirate

After a 300 year sabbatical two of the Queen Anne’s Revenge cannons have been retrieved from the bottom of Beaufort Inlet in  Cateret County NC by researchers from the state’s Underwater Archaeology.

Researchers have identified 27 known cannons at the site, with 26 made of cast iron and one of bronze. Counting the two raised Thursday, 15 cannon have been recovered.

The two 6-pounders that are the latest recovered are about 8-feet long and with the concretions covering them after hundreds of years under water, they weigh about 2,500 pounds each.

They will now be transported to the QAR conservation lab in Greenville.

Conservator Sarah Watkins-Kenney said each cannon is a new piece of the story that is the Queen Anne’s Revenge.

“Each one is unique,” she said.

Of the ones that have already been recovered, markings have shown that some were English made and others were Swedish made. There have also been some that were loaded when the ship sank.

Knowing which ones were loaded and how they were positioned on the ship can give information about what Blackbeard and his crew were doing when the ship ran aground, she said.

“If all the guns were loaded and ready to go, that’s different than if they weren’t,” she said.

That’s awesome!

Source Jacksonville Daily News

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