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Archaeologists retrieve Blackbeard's anchor


Posted on Monday, 30 May, 2011 | Comment icon 23 comments | News tip by: Still Waters


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The anchor from the ship of notorious 18th century pirate Blackbeard has been hauled up from the depths.

Weighing over 1000kg the massive anchor was retrieved from the wreck of the Queen Anne's Revenge off the coast of North Carolina. It is believed the ship sunk in 1718, five years after Blackbeard himself was killed.

"An anchor from what is said to be the wreck of notorious English pirate Blackbeard's flagship has been retrieved off North Carolina's coast, US archaeologists say."

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Comment icon #14 Posted by BaneSilvermoon on 2 June, 2011, 23:59
He put Black Powder in his beard and burned it. And he served as a Privateer to England during Queen Annes War, so no English ships would have gotten in his way.
Comment icon #15 Posted by Wolfpower on 3 June, 2011, 6:54
Hmmm makes sense then I s'pose. I guess that where the carribean came from in the first place...I never really thought about it. So if the ship has been sunked and never found how do they know it really exsisted or if it even had that name? I think carribean is based on more then just blackbeard....
Comment icon #16 Posted by rashore on 3 June, 2011, 14:07
Well, Blackbeards ship was not the Black Pearl... It was the Queen Annes Revenge. At least his main one was. It was a french ship that he captured and renamed, and there is record of it's going down. That's why they had an idea of where it sunk. That's the ship the anchor is being raised from. Henry Morgans ship the Black Pearl.. I'm not sure what happened to it, if it was sunk or retired or what. Henry himself retired and died a sick old man in Jamaica, and his grave was lost to the sea in an earthquake shortly before 1700. The Disney movies are based off a ride. Yep, the ride... [More]
Comment icon #17 Posted by Wolfpower on 4 June, 2011, 4:53
hmmmmm s'posehmmmmm s'pose
Comment icon #18 Posted by gingee703 on 22 June, 2011, 21:12
I wonder why they do not call him Edward Teach.
Comment icon #19 Posted by Blues Girl on 22 June, 2011, 21:27
That's what I am wondering
Comment icon #20 Posted by rashore on 22 June, 2011, 21:46
Well, they have been harvesting artifacts from the wreckage of the Queen Annes Revenge for about 15 years. Anchor 2 is the 2200 lb one, and that one is listed as being smack dab in the middle of the wreckage. So it stands to reason that the anchor is indeed from the Queen Annes Revenge.
Comment icon #21 Posted by Blues Girl on 22 June, 2011, 21:52
But does the wreckage have the name of the ship on it? Or some way of concretely identifying it as the Queen Annes Revenge?
Comment icon #22 Posted by rashore on 22 June, 2011, 22:10
There's British records of where/when it went down. Bunch of other historical research too. Here's a about it.
Comment icon #23 Posted by Blues Girl on 22 June, 2011, 22:11
Wow. I had no idea they still had records going back that far. Pretty cool!


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