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After leaving Charleston, Blackbeard’s fleet attempted to enter Old Topsail Inlet, now known as Beaufort Inlet. It was then that Blackbeard lost Queen Anne’s Revenge when it ran aground. It has been speculated that the pirate intentionally grounded his ship in order to break up the company, which had grown to more than 300 pirates. For more than 270 years, the ship was hidden by water and sand. In 1996, Intersal, Inc., discovered the shipwreck. Since then, more than 250,000 artifacts have been recovered from the ship. The North Carolina Maritime Museum in Beaufort became the official repository for these artifacts and opened an interactive and permanent exhibit in 2011 so that the public may have the privilege of seeing these priceless artifacts up close. Among the first items to be collected from the site were a bronze bell dated 1705, a lead cannon apron, an English blunderbuss barrel and two cannonballs, all dating to the 18th century. Also recovered were gold dust, lead fragments, glass beads, iron weapons and the ship’s hull remnants. The latest recovery came in October 2013 when scientists from the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources discovered five cannons from the ship. The team, working with the Coast Guard, brought the 2,000- and 3,000-pound cannons to the surface, making a total of 20 cannons to have been salvaged from the ship. Each of the guns once fired 6-pound cannonballs. All artifacts recovered undergo conservation at

through a lengthy process of cleaning, desalination, consolidation, drying and analysis before they’re publically displayed and interpreted. Aside from viewing these precious artifacts, visitors to the museum will learn how Blackbeard became a pirate and how North Carolina’s economy, geography and politics of the time created a “perfect storm” for piracy. Visitors can also view the weapons a pirate ship would likely carry and see how nautical archaeologists have mapped out the underwater site. There’s an opportunity to learn about the fascinating conservation methods necessary to put these fragile artifacts on display. The exhibit also answers important questions that have been brought up about through the years: Were the pirates and government in cahoots? How do we know this wreck is actually the Queen Anne’s Revenge? And finally, one common question that everyone wants to know: Where is the treasure? Find out all this and more at the North Carolina Maritime Museum in Beaufort, which has brought

Blackbeard and his crew have come to life again, and you’ve come to the only place in the world that could make it happen.

the legend of Blackbeard and his crew to life in an extraordinary exhibit that appeals to pirate fanatics, history enthusiasts and anyone who can appreciate a truly intriguing story. Information from this article was gleaned from www. qaronline.org and from the North Carolina Maritime Museum. To learn more about Queen Anne’s Revenge, visit the North Carolina Maritime Museum in Beaufort (www.ncmaritimemuseums.com). c —Angela Blue

252-422-0520 the QAR Conservation Laboratory at East Carolina University. Most items are covered with heavy corrosion and marine growth caused by nearly 300 years in sea water. Some artifacts can be identified immediately, but most require examination by x-radiography. Upon recovery artifacts are kept in wet storage to prevent deterioration. Then the items must go

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