Saturday, May 28, 2011

Blackbeard's anchor recovered from 1718 wreck

Blackbeard's anchor recovered off US coast

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.

 Blackbeard's anchor recovered off US coast
The anchor has been in the ocean since 1718  Photo: AP Photo
Archaeologists believe the anchor recovered on Friday is from the Queen Anne's Revenge, which sank in 1718. That was five months before Blackbeard was killed in a battle.
The artefact is the third-largest item at the shipwreck, outsized only by two other anchors.
Researchers retrieved the anchor from the shipwreck about 20 feet (6.1 meters) under water and were bringing it to shore. The work to retrieve it began last week. The anchor is about 11 feet (3.3 meters) long.
The recovery coincides with the release this month of "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides."

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