May 20, 2011 by staff
Blackbeard’s Anchor, The work to recover an anchor of the remains of what is believed to be Blackbeard’s flagship was launched this week at the North Carolina coast, but what is below this device is so interesting to researchers.
The anchor is the second largest element in the site of what is believed to be the Queen Anne’s Revenge, only with the huge anchor, projects director Mark Wilde-Ramsing said Wednesday. It is 13 feet long with arms that are 8 feet wide. The other anchor is about 7 inches long.
“It’s a great piece flat cumbersome and will require some good logistics and a good bit of time,” he said in a telephone interview after a news conference at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.
The recovery effort is carried out in the Atlantic waters near Beaufort, in the wreck is about 20 feet underwater. Real immersion begins Monday and runs through June 3, with only two days off.
The anchor is in the middle of the wreck, and is on top of other items that the team hopes to recover. In the bottom of the stack are the wooden hull structure, the ribs and the board – the only parts of the ship that survived the test of time, salt water, currents and tides, Wilde-Ramsing said. The parts of the ship survived because ballast was stored there to keep the ship upright and other items, including six cannons and anchors four are also on the stack.
But Wilde-Ramsing and his team hope to other elements, the smaller are trapped inside, things that tell the story of how men lived in the Queens Anne’s Revenge and the water it crosses.
“We hope that little things got stuck there, which tell us what the pirates were eating … botany and micro things that we will be able to say when the boat was traveling,” he said. “Most of the little things are gone, except for this place one, which is expected to have been buried.”
The wreck was located in 1996, and Wilde-Ramsing says the team hopes to recover all the artifacts at the end of 2013.
The largest exhibition of artifacts from the wreck will be displayed from June 11 at the North Carolina Maritime Museum in Beaufort.
In 1717, Blackbeard captured a French slave ship and renamed it Queen Anne’s Revenge. Blackbeard, whose real name was widely believed that Edward Teach or Thatch, settled in Bath and received a pardon from the governor. Some experts believe that is bored with life on earth and returned to piracy.
Volunteers from the Royal Navy killed him in November 1718 – five months after the ship believed to be Queen Anne’s Revenge sank.
Site at the Queen Anne’s Revenge Shipwreck, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and has given more than 250,000 artifacts.
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