Posts Tagged blackbeard cannons

Archaeologists recover 5 cannons from wreck of Blackbeard’s ship

Posted in Pirates | Comments Off on Archaeologists recover 5 cannons from wreck of Blackbeard’s ship

 

cannonraised.jpgArchaeologists have recovered five more cannons from the wreck Blackbeard’s flagship, the Queen Anne’s Revenge, off the coast of North Carolina.

State underwater archeologists on Monday raised the largest of the guns, weighing in at about 3,000 pounds.The other four weigh about 2,000 pounds, the Carteret County News-Times reported.

Project Director Billy Ray Morris says historians think the largest cannon was made in Sweden, indicating that Blackbeard had guns from different countries. State officials say about 280,000 artifacts have been recovered from the wreck.

“It was just an absolutely fantastic day,” Morris told the Carteret County News-Times. “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. Volunteers with the Royal Navy killed Blackbeard in Ocracoke Inlet the following year, five months after the ship sank.

The wreck was located in 1996 in Beaufort Inlet. According to the News-Times, archaeologists hope to retrieve all of the artifacts from the site by next year because of deterioration brought about by hurricanes that have hit the coast.

Morris told the News-Times that 30 cannons have been discovered at the site and at least eight remain on the ocean floor. As of Monday, 22 cannons have been raised from the wreckage.

“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,” he said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Original Article

Cannons used by notorious pirate Blackbeard

Posted in Pirates | Comments Off on Cannons used by notorious pirate Blackbeard

Two cannons used by notorious pirate Blackbeard to wreak terror over the seas centuries ago have been raised from the wreck of his ship.

Deep sea divers have recovered two guns from the remains of the Queen Anne’s Revenge where it rests at the bottom of the ocean off the coast of North Carolina.

A former French slave ship, it was re-named the Queen Anne’s Revenge by English-born Blackbeard after he captured it in 1717.

Historic treasures: Divers emerged from the waves with the two cannon off the coast of Carteret County in North CarolinaHistoric treasures: Divers emerged from the waves with the two cannon off the coast of Carteret County in North Carolina

It was hoped the dive expedition last week would yield eight cannon, but the project was hampered by bad weather until ThursdayIt was hoped the dive expedition last week would yield eight cannon, but the project was hampered by bad weather until Thursday

It was hoped the dive expedition last week would yield eight cannon, but the project was hampered by bad weather until Thursday, according to a Fox News report.

The dive was carried out as part of $450,000 scheme to remove all of the artefacts from the historic ship by the end of next year.

 

The Queen Anne’s Revenge was the infamous vessel commanded by English outlaw Blackbeard – who roamed the seas in the early 18th century and wore lit fuses under his hat to frighten his enemies.

Named after his flowing black beard, Blackbeard – whose real name is thought to be Edward Teach or Thatch – operated around the West Indies and the east coast of the American colonies.

In 1717, he captured a French slave ship and renamed it Queen Anne’s Revenge.

Although Blackbeard’s career lasted only two years, he was the world’s most feared pirate and once held hostage the entire city of Charleston, South Carolina.

Raised from the deep: Two cannon have been lifted from the wreck of the ship Blackbeard used to wreak terror on the seas in the 18th centuryRaised from the deep: Two cannon have been lifted from the wreck of the ship Blackbeard used to wreak terror on the seas in the 18th century

Heave ho: Straps were attached to the cannon- believed to have been used on Blackbeard's captured ship in the 18th century - and they were winched on the waiting boatHeave ho: Straps were attached to the cannon – believed to have been used on Blackbeard’s captured ship in the 18th century – and they were winched on the waiting boat

In 2011, crews also salvaged an anchor from the wreckage.

The anchor is 11 feet, 4 inches long with arms that are 7 feet, 7 inches across.

It was covered with concretion — a mixture of shells, sand and other debris attracted by the leaching wrought iron — and a few sea squirts. Its weight was estimated at 2,500 to 3,000 pounds.

Raised: A 3,000 pound anchor from what is believed to be the wreck of the pirate Blackbeard's flagship, the Queen Anne's Revenge has been recoveredRaised: A 3,000 pound anchor from what is believed to be the wreck of the pirate Blackbeard’s flagship, the Queen Anne’s Revenge has been recovered

 

Old: The anchor has been under water since 1718Old: The anchor has been under water since 1718

Legendary vessel: Blackbeard's ship the Queen Anne's Revenge has been heavily excavated over the past 14 yearsLegendary vessel: Blackbeard’s ship the Queen Anne’s Revenge has been heavily excavated over the past 14 years

Site: The Queen Anne's Revenge ran aground near Beaufort, North Carolina in 1718 but stayed intact for a year before eventually disintegrating and collapsingSite: The Queen Anne’s Revenge ran aground near Beaufort, North Carolina in 1718 but stayed intact for a year before eventually disintegrating and collapsing

Notorious: Blackbeard's Queen Anne's Revenge ship has been excavated off the North Carolina coast since 1996Notorious: Blackbeard’s Queen Anne’s Revenge ship has been excavated off since 1996

Archaeologists had planned to remove the second-largest anchor, which is 13 feet long with arms that are 8 feet across, from the top of the ballast pile.

But it was too well-attached, so instead the divers went in from the side to retrieve the everyday anchor.

Blackbeard settled in Bath, North Carolina, where he eventually received a governor’s pardon.
Some experts say he grew bored and returned to piracy.

He was killed by volunteers from the British Royal Navy in November 1718, five months after the ship thought to be Queen Anne’s Revenge sank.

After running aground on a sandbar in 1718 near the town of Beaufort, North Carolina, the ship was abandoned but probably remained intact for as long as a year before collapsing and disintegrating.

Recovery: Experts raised a six foot-long cannon from wreckage of the Queen Anne's Revenge in 2005Recovery: Experts raised a six foot-long cannon from wreckage of the Queen Anne’s Revenge in 2005

Rare find: A pewter syringe discovered in 2007 is among other centuries-old items found in the Queen Anne's Revenge wreckageRare find: A pewter syringe discovered in 2007 is among other centuries-old items found in the Queen Anne’s Revenge wreckage

 

Team effort: Another cannon was raised from the seabed wreckage in October 2007 near Morehead City, North CarolinaTeam effort: Another cannon was raised from the seabed wreckage in October 2007 near Morehead City, North Carolina

Linda Carlisle, North Carolina’s cultural resources secretary, said at the time the anchor was salvaged: ‘Blackbeard and piracy are important threads in eastern North Carolina’s maritime heritage fabric.

‘The historic and economic value of this project is enormous.’

The Queen Anne’s Revenge shipwreck site, located off North Carolina’s coast, has yielded more than 250,000 artifacts and is listed on the National Register of Historic Sites.

Experts have been excavating the ship for 16 years since the area was located in 1996 by Florida company Intersal, Inc.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2347991/Cannon-used-notorious-pirate-Blackbeard-wreak-terror-seas-raised-wreck-ship.html#ixzz2XENlidxN
Follow us: @MailOnline on Twitter | DailyMail on Facebook