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5 cannons recovered from wreckage of Blackbeard’s ship off North Carolina

- The Washington Times - Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Underwater archaeologists recovered five more cannons on Monday from the wreckage of Blackbeard's flagship, the Queen Anne's Revenge, off the coast of North Carolina.

Project Director Billy Ray Morris told the Carteret County News-Times that 30 cannons have been discovered at the shipwreck at Beaufort Inlet and at least eight remain on the ocean floor.

The largest of the cannons retrieved Monday weighed about 3,000 pounds, and the other four weigh about 2,000 pounds, the newspaper reported.

"It was just an absolutely fantastic day," he said. "If we can get this team in the future and weather like we had today, we will have the artifacts up by the end of 2014."

Blackbeard, the world's most famous pirate, captured a French slave ship and renamed it Queen Anne's Revenge in 1717. British sailors killed Blackbeard in Ocracoke Inlet, in North Carolina's Outer Banks, the following year, five months after the ship sank, Fox News reported.

State officials say about 280,000 artifacts have been recovered from the wreck, Fox News said.

"We know the records state that the Queen Anne's Revenge had 40 cannons, and I believe we'll find some more before it's all over, but I'm not sure if we'll find all 40," Mr. Morris told the News-Times.

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