Skip to comments.Possible Blackbeard Ship Cannon Found
Posted on 10/15/2004 9:22:23 AM PDT by Area Freeper
Underwater archaeologists have found another cannon from the wreckage of what they believe was the flagship of the notorious pirate Blackbeard.
Historical records indicate Blackbeard had 40 guns on the French frigate he captured in 1717 and renamed Queen Anne's Revenge. Since 1996, when the wreckage of the ship was discovered in Beaufort Inlet, divers have found 22 at the site.
"We're pretty positive that we have cannon number 23," said project archaeologist Chris Southerly.
It is a large cannon that probably shot a 6-pound or 8-pound ball, Southerly said. Divers uncovered the cannon while excavating an area of the shipwreck's northwest side where they had not previously dug.
Divers also found a concretion with chain and part of the mast rigging, and a 9- to 10-inch-diameter cast iron kettle. A concretion is a mineral buildup usually found in rock.
The dig, which began Monday, was a second priority for the divers, whose main goal was to survey the shipwreck site for storm damage. They found several scoured areas, likely the result of recent hurricanes, Southerly said.
In honor of this, let's make this TALK-LIKE-A-PIRATE-FRIDAY!
Maybe they'll uncover AlGore's "lockbox".
YARRR, a good idea be that says I, me hearties!!! YARRR!!
Avast there laddie! I'll have ye whipped with wire and stewed in brine, I will....Argghhh!
Because this happened in North Carolina Senator Edwards is already trying to figure out who he can sue.
I went down to Davy Jones' Locker and all I got was this crappy cannon.
You sure its not Morfords?
I saw a guy flying that flag at the beach last weekend.
I hurt just looking at that syringe. Thinking of injecting mercury where it was supposed to go makes me cringe.
I believe that's supposed to be an hourglass in the skeleton's hand.
Your time is up, in other words.
"Maybe they'll uncover AlGore's "lockbox"."
Please refrain from referring to Tipper in such a crude manner (smirk) eh hee hee hee ....peeks through fingers
ping, with love from Mom. :-)
Psst! Darksheare! post # 9.
That would definitely shiver me timber.
I thought it was a wine glass, with some kind of symbolsim with regard to the spear and the "love bikini" markings.
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