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Divers successfully recover cannons from Queen Anne's Revenge (Blackbeard's ship)
WSFX.com ^ | Jun 21, 2013 | WECT Staff

Posted on 06/22/2013 4:38:18 AM PDT by csvset

ATLANTIC BEACH, NC (WECT) – Divers trying to recover cannons from Blackbeard's flagship, the Queen Anne's Revenge wreck site off the coast of North Carolina were successful in their efforts Thursday.

Bad weather forced the team to scrub the previous two trips, but the conditions were just right the third time around.

A group from Cape Fear Community College used inflation bags to float two cannons to the surface.

This is the first time the cannons have been out of the water in almost 300 years. According to David Hardin with CFCC, the cannons are estimated to weigh 2,000 pounds each.

He said it took six hours to complete the operation and required close coordination between underwater divers and students, captain and crew on board CFCC's research vessel.

Blackbeard ran the ship aground near Beaufort inlet in 1718

Divers discovered the wreck in 1996 and a dozen other cannons have been retrieved since then, in addition to thousands of other artifacts.

The North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources owns the artifacts, and the largest display is at the Maritime Museum in Beaufort.

As more artifacts are being recovered and go through the conservation effort at the QAR lab in Greenville, the state is making it possible for more people to see them.

A statewide touring exhibit is now in western North Carolina, and more traveling exhibits are in the works as more artifacts are recovered and interest in one of North Carolina's most feared pirates grows.

More dives to the site are scheduled for August.

All of the artifacts should be recovered from the wreck site by the end of next year, but because of their fragile condition, it may take up to 15 years before all of the items will be conserved enough to be put on public display.


TOPICS: History
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Yargh !

1 posted on 06/22/2013 4:38:18 AM PDT by csvset
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To: csvset

More pics at the source.


2 posted on 06/22/2013 4:39:07 AM PDT by csvset
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To: csvset

Blackbeard lived in Beaufort, NC for a time.
Spent a day and night in Beaufort. Really neat town filled w/ history. Saw Blackbeards house. Take the Ghost walking tour.
Correct pronunciations
Beaufort, NC...... BO fort
Beaufort, SC......,.BU fort


3 posted on 06/22/2013 4:51:51 AM PDT by Vinnie
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To: Vinnie

As you say, Vinnie, Beaufort, North Carolina retains the French pronunciation. The pronunciation of Beaufort, South Carolina is not an American corruption of the French; it is an English corruption transplanted intact in America.


4 posted on 06/22/2013 5:41:48 AM PDT by Savage Beast ("'1984' is the essence of 'liberalism'." rlmorel)
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To: Savage Beast

Another name for Beaufort, SC is Parris Island according to my son Sgt RushLake, USMC.


5 posted on 06/22/2013 5:46:08 AM PDT by RushLake (Nothing can bring you peace but the triumph of principles. (Emerson))
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To: csvset

I’m watching Blackbeard, The Pirate on TCM as I read this.


6 posted on 06/22/2013 5:52:48 AM PDT by eartrumpet
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To: Vinnie

Edward Teach aka Blackbeard spent time on numerous islands of the Outer Banks, the Beaufort Inlet area is not really OBX. That ends with Portsmouth, or Ocracoke if you’re talking populated islands in the modern era.

Blackbeard was killed, beheaded, at what is known as Teach’s Hole at Ocracoke. Interesting ghost tale, if you row out to Teach’s Hole under a full moon and slap your oars on the water, his headless body reputedly will emerge and swim around your boat, lol.

Ghost tours on Ocracoke, too. If you enjoy that sort of thing a stroll down Howard Street in Ocracoke Village might be interesting. Lined with old family burial plots shaded under massive live oak, old family homeplaces interspersed.

Ocracoke is a wacky old place that sort of worms it’s way into your heart. If you can imagine an isolated microcosm of New Orleans, Key West and Sausalito, all rolled together and writ small without the decadence, and accessible only via public ferry, private boat or small plane, that would be Ocracoke.


7 posted on 06/22/2013 6:02:57 AM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: csvset

bttt


8 posted on 06/22/2013 6:58:51 AM PDT by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: RegulatorCountry

South of Ocracoke is locally called the SOBX. 60 miles of uninhabited beaches with two fish camps on four or five islands depending on if hurricanes and Nor’easters have opened or closed inlets.


9 posted on 06/22/2013 9:27:39 AM PDT by Rebelbase (1929-1950's, 20+years for full recovery. How long this time?)
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To: Rebelbase

Portsmouth, Core Banks, Shackleford Banks, what are the others? I’m native, been out to Hatteras and Ocracoke many times, even daytripped over to Portsmouth and did not realize there are that many.


10 posted on 06/22/2013 9:32:12 AM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: csvset

About 25 years back, two friends of mine researched Commodore Perry’s fleet on the Great Lakes during the War of 1812. They determined that the Americans scuttled and burned one of their ships in a small creek near Niagara Falls, rather than let it fall into British hands. With scuba gear and metal detectors they found the ship. It took them the whole summer to bring up a cannon. They then spent months cleaning the cannon and getting it back into shape. Officials from New York State showed up and seized the cannon claiming that it belonged to the state. They never saw it again.


11 posted on 06/22/2013 9:54:22 AM PDT by BuffaloJack (Gun Control is the Key to totalitarianism and genocide.)
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To: SunkenCiv

Ping!


12 posted on 06/22/2013 10:29:51 AM PDT by houeto (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: RegulatorCountry

You named them right. When I first started going to Portsmouth there were only three. Then hurricanes have since filled in and reopened old drum inlet twice, created Ophelia inlet and filled in new drum inlet.

After hurricane Ophelia in 2003 it was five islands, Portsmouth, Johns, Ophelia, South Core and Shackleford.

Now it’s back to the original three unless it’s a bad storm tide and old drum inlet gets flooded temporarily recreating John’s island.

Swash inlet up toward Ocracoke floods in storm tides once in a while but it’s so large and flat up there that the water just spreads out instead of carving a new permanent inlet.

The hurricane in 2011 over washed Portsmouth at the ferry landing and filled it in with sand which has since been dredged out. The next direct Cat 3 or higher that hits there will likely cut a new inlet at that location and permanently close the fish camp.

If you use the google earth timeline you can see the inlets opening and closing.


13 posted on 06/22/2013 11:33:01 AM PDT by Rebelbase (1929-1950's, 20+years for full recovery. How long this time?)
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To: BuffaloJack
About 25 years back, two friends of mine researched Commodore Perry’s fleet on the Great Lakes during the War of 1812. They determined that the Americans scuttled and burned one of their ships in a small creek near Niagara Falls, rather than let it fall into British hands. With scuba gear and metal detectors they found the ship. It took them the whole summer to bring up a cannon. They then spent months cleaning the cannon and getting it back into shape. Officials from New York State showed up and seized the cannon claiming that it belonged to the state. They never saw it again.

Good old New York.

Basically a gang, formed into a state.

14 posted on 06/22/2013 11:37:13 AM PDT by Lazamataz ("AP" clearly stands for American Pravda. Our news media has become completely and proudly Soviet.)
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To: houeto; StayAt HomeMother; Ernest_at_the_Beach; decimon; 1010RD; 21twelve; 24Karet; ...

 GGG managers are SunkenCiv, StayAt HomeMother & Ernest_at_the_Beach
Thanks houeto.

To all -- please ping me to other topics which are appropriate for the GGG list.


15 posted on 06/22/2013 2:48:58 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (McCain or Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: csvset

16 posted on 06/22/2013 2:53:24 PM PDT by JoeProBono (Mille vocibus imago valet;-{)
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To: csvset

Pirate's keyboard


17 posted on 06/22/2013 2:54:13 PM PDT by COBOL2Java (I'm a christian, pro-life, pro-gun, Reaganite. The GOP hates me. Why should I vote for them?)
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To: Rebelbase
I spent a long weekend on Ocracoke at Halloween just after that last one. Missed the last ferry at Swan Quarter so had to drive over the bridge to Manteo and take 12 South the long way down Hatteras Island to the ferry there and then a rough, rolling ride over.

Saw a lot of damage on Hatteras, dodged a lot of drifting sand, drove through a lot of it, over a temporary one lane steel plate bridge just above Rodanthe at Mirlo Beach. Several of those fine juniper-shingled Hatteras style beach houses with towers had pitched over into the surf. New inlet trying to form there. All there is now is beach, narrow dune line, 12, narrow shoulder then the sound.

Other than sand on the road, Ocracoke was unscathed. Village being soundside sheltered them I guess. Didn't get much beach time, the wind was still up, stinging sand. Good shelling though, always is after a storm. Occasionally old shipwrecks get exposed afterward, so there's that too.

18 posted on 06/22/2013 3:41:05 PM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: eartrumpet
Not sure how good it will be, but John Malkovich will be portraying Blackbeard in a new NBC TV series probably slated for early next year:

Crossbones

19 posted on 06/22/2013 3:47:35 PM PDT by mass55th (Courage is being scared to death - but saddling up anyway...John Wayne)
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To: mass55th

I can’t recall which book - but it might have been about Blackbeard. The early pirate flags were red - “blood” red. IIRC the skull and crossbones was a very late idea, and perhaps fairly rare. They would fly numerous country’s flags depending on where they were, or if they could tell from a distance the ship’s country of origin. Sail in close under a friendly flag - then raise their pirate flag as they engaged.


20 posted on 06/22/2013 7:59:05 PM PDT by 21twelve ("We've got the guns, and we got the numbers" adapted and revised from Jim M.)
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To: RegulatorCountry

My son and I are planning a pelagic bird trip out of Hatteras in Aug.

I’ve been to Hatteras once. One thing I didn’t expect at the lighthouse, deer.


21 posted on 06/23/2013 5:08:31 AM PDT by Vinnie
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To: Vinnie
Hatteras Island can be a great place for that, you can see the effects of the two currents, the cold Labrador Current to the north and the warm Gulf Stream to the south as you drive down the island. You see it in vegetation and birds. The southern tip of the island gets the full effect of the Gulf Stream, very warm water. Old Hatteras Village has the Spanish Moss draped live oak and palmetto of the southern coast. Summer water temps are in the eighties. The two currents clash just above, you can see it from Hatteras Light at Diamond Shoals, ocean almost boiling, rough seas under the best of conditions. I assume you're going out into the Gulf Stream in a boat, prepare yourself. I think it's fun, others find it alarming. Dramamine if anyone’s prone to motion or seasickness.

Water temps drop as you go up, in summer rarely reaching the mid-seventies north of Rodanthe, Waves and Salvo. Further north toward Currituck, Corolla and Carova, summer water temps in the sixties are not uncommon. Makes for a lot of variety. Certain times of year it's even like the marine layer rolling in and out, that you see on the central and northern coast of CA. Always loved that.

If you're going to be renting a house for more than a few days, you'll want to stop into the Food Lion in Avon. Prices are normal there, not island prices. Gas up before you cross the bridge over the Alligator River if you're driving in via that route, or before the ferry if that route. Island prices are expensive.

It's a beautiful, wild place, outside the few towns and tourist areas. Nature is on full display, wind, water and blowing sand. I love it. If you're into shore birds at all, Pea Island has a reputation of being good for that sort of birding.

Have a great trip.

22 posted on 06/23/2013 6:12:23 AM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: RegulatorCountry

Thanks for the info. I didn’t know about the ocean currents and water temp.
We’ll be going out of Hatteras Village on a 60+ footer.

Isn’t there a small graveyard that’s British on the Outer Banks? British sailors from WWII washed up on the beach.


23 posted on 06/23/2013 10:01:31 AM PDT by Vinnie
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To: Vinnie

It’s on British Cemetery Road, Ocracoke Village on Ocracoke Island. A free regularly scheduled state-run ferry runs right there out of Hatteras. A little over 45 minutes all said. Watch the pedestrians, cyclists and golf carts on Ocracoke. It’s much more a walking and cycling place than a car place. Go slow driving through the village, especially high tourist season. They rent the bikes, are a little excited and not paying nearly enough attention to other vehicular traffic. Very pleasant place though, that aside.


24 posted on 06/23/2013 10:19:06 AM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: RegulatorCountry

Thanks


25 posted on 06/23/2013 10:29:58 AM PDT by Vinnie
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