Blackbeard's anchor recovered off NC coast / by Ryan

Illustration of Blackbeard's Jolly Roger flag....

About two years ago I had the privilege to crew a couple of yachts down to Florida. We stopped in Beafort NC for a few days and I was thoroughly indoctrinated into pirate culture by the surrounding populous. According to town legend, Beaufort is the home of the murder of the infamous Blackbeard...

In June, when Blackbeard put his and Bonnett’s ships into the Old Topsail Inlet, he tricked Bonnett into going on to Bath. Blackbeard then sank both ships, leaving the crews to fend for themselves. He took off in the only ship left and carried his booty away. It is possible that some of the stranded seamen settled in the area rather than take a chance on being hanged as pirates. According to Maurice Davis, one was said to have made his way back to New England, but later returned to Carteret Precinct and became a man of some importance.

The governor of Virginia, determined to capture and rid the ocean of pirates, sent two sloops into North Carolina waters where they discovered Blackbeard’s ship the Adventure near Ocracoke. Following an intense battle, the British crew managed to kill Blackbeard along with eight of his men. They took the other nine back to Virginia for trial where they were convicted of piracy.

Beaufort North Carolina is making news again having alegedly recovered a 3,000 pound anchor from the wreck of Blackbeard's flagship, the Queen Anne's Revenge. Having sunk in 1718, the anchor is still in amazing shape!

According to Yahoo! News...

MOREHEAD CITY, N.C. – An anchor from what's believed to be the wreck of the pirate Blackbeard's flagship has been raised from the ocean floor off the North Carolina coast.

Archaeologists believe the anchor recovered Friday is from the Queen Anne's Revenge, which sank in 1718. That was five months before Blackbeard was killed in a battle.

The artifact is the third-largest item at the shipwreck, outsized only by two other anchors.

Researchers retrieved the anchor from the shipwreck about 20 feet under water and were bringing it to shore. The work to retrieve it began last week. The anchor is about 11 feet long.

The recovery coincides with the release this month of "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides." The movie features both Blackbeard and the Queen Anne's Revenge.