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Blackbeard's Anchor to be Recovered off NC Coast

Friday, 27 May 2011 06:55 AM

 

MOREHEAD CITY, N.C. — An anchor from what's believed to be the wreck of the pirate Blackbeard's flagship may see daylight again for the first time in almost 300 years in North Carolina.

Archaeologists hope to recover an anchor from what's presumed to be Queen Anne's Revenge on Friday in the waters off the coast of Beaufort, where the ship sank in 1718, just five months before Blackbeard was killed in a battle. The artifact is the second-largest item at the shipwreck, outsized only by another anchor.

Researchers will go out on two boats to retrieve the anchor from the shipwreck that's about 20 feet underwater, then bring it ashore. The work to retrieve the anchor began last week. It's about 13 feet long with arms that are 8 feet across.

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