Blackbeard salvage under way
A three-week operation is under way to raise items from a wreck judged to be Blackbeard’s Queen Anne’s Revenge.
The 1718 wreck was found in 1996, in shallow water near Fishtown in North Carolina. Over the past 11 years, numerous surveys and recoveries have taken place at the site.
This time, the QAR Shipwreck Project team are excavating and recovering items from the wreck’s forward hold and midships areas. Among other things, an 8ft, 1-ton cannon is being raised to join eleven other cannon already ashore.
Dives began on 15 September and are due to continue until 7 November. Recovered artefacts are being taken to the project’s lab at East Carolina University for treatment and storage.