Archeologists find booty from pirate Blackbeard's ship

Oct 30, 2013
Members of the US Coast Guard and others raise a cannon from a sunken ship on October 28, 2013 off the coast of North Carolina.

Five large cannons from a sunken ship captained by the legendary pirate Blackbeard have been recovered by US archeologists, authorities confirmed Wednesday.

The cannons were raised from the wreck of the Queen Anne's Revenge, sunk off the coast of North Carolina, on Monday, said.

The cannons, four of which weighed between 900 and 1,360 kilos (2000 to 3000 pounds), were excavated by a team attached to the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources.

Project Director Billy Ray Morris said the largest of the cannons was believed to have been made in Sweden.

"We think the largest of the four cannons may be of Swedish origin since the only other recovered gun this size was made in Sweden," Morris said.

"We also hope to recover two large concretions each the size of a twin bed. They may contain barrel hoops, and other treasures."

Authorities in North Carolina have so far recovered an estimated 280,000 artifacts from the site.

Blackbeard, whose real name was Edward Teach, achieved infamy during the early part of the 18th century when he terrorized Atlantic seafarers around the Caribbean and the American colonies.

The Queen Anne's Revenge, which was discovered in 1996, was intentionally run aground in 1718.

Blackbeard was killed in a battle with British forces later that year.

Explore further: A word in your ear, but make it snappy

add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

Blackbeard's anchor recovered off NC coast (Update)

May 27, 2011

Archaeologists recovered the first anchor from what's believed to be the wreck of the pirate Blackbeard's flagship off the North Carolina coast Friday, a move that might change plans about how to save the ...

Archaeologists Locate Confederate Cannons, Naval Yard

Jun 06, 2009

Archaeologists from the University of South Carolina and East Carolina University have located two large cannon from a sunken Confederate gunboat in the Pee Dee River and have identified where the Mars Bluff Naval Yard once ...

Team examining Gulf shipwreck finds 2 other wrecks

Jul 26, 2013

(AP)—Marine archaeologists made a thrilling discovery this week while examining a well-preserved shipwreck deep in the Gulf of Mexico—two other sunken vessels that likely went down with it during an early ...

Recommended for you

A word in your ear, but make it snappy

13 hours ago

To most, crocodiles conjure images of sharp teeth, powerful jaws and ferocious, predatory displays – but they are certainly not famous for their hearing abilities. However, this could all change, as new ...

User comments : 0