Pirate Anchor recovered from Blackbeard's Ship
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Pirate Anchor recovered from Blackbeard's Ship

Beaufort : NC : USA | May 27, 2011 at 8:12 PM PDT
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Arrrgh matey! An anchor was found Friday from the wreckage of Blackbeard's flagship. Yo ho, yo ho a pirates life for me!

The anchor weighs approximately 2500 - 3,000 pounds and was hoisted up off the North Carolina coast.

Blackbeard's flagship anchor is believed to be from Queen Anne's Revenge. Queen Anne's revenge was thought to have run aground in 1718 off the shallow waters of Beaufort.

CNN reports the crews were in only 20 feet of water, according to the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources.

The Seattle Times reports that divers had planned to recover the second-largest artifact on the Revenge but discovered it was too well-attached to other items in the ballast pile, said project director Mark Wilde-Ramsing. So, they decided to pull up this anchor from Blackbeard's flagship that may have been the typical anchor for the ship.

"That's a big ship to be putting that out to stop it," Wilde-Ramsing said.

The anchor is 11 feet, 4 inches long with arms that are 7 feet, 7 inches across. Shells, sand, sea squirts, and other debris were cocktailed together on, amongst, and around the anchor.

The expedition's focus is to retrieve a treasure trove of 18th-century goods in hopes to educate the public on underwater preservation efforts. Over 250,000 artifacts have been recovered thus far. The booty brought up has been cannons, shackles, rope, glass, and beads, according to the state.

Shiver me timbers! On June 11, there will be an exhibit of the artifacts at the North Carolina Maritime Museum in Beaufort.

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Stephanie Ealy is based in Tacoma, Washington, United States of America, and is an Anchor on Allvoices.
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