September 11, 2008

'Queen Anne’s Revenge' Public Presentation in Southport

For history or dive entusiast, this may be of interest:

Queen Anne’s Revenge Project Director Mark Wilde-Ramsing will speak about annual fall dive on the shipwreck of the presumed Queen Anne’s Revenge, Blackbeard’s flagship, on Tuesday, Sept. 16. The 7 p.m. public presentation at the Southport Community Building on Bay Street is sponsored by the N.C. Maritime Museum in Southport. Registration is recommended and refreshments are provided.

Primary goals for the fall dive include rescue a large cannon, recovery of other artifacts and an investigation of the midsection and forward hold areas of the ship. Wilde-Ramsing will review past dives and recovery missions as part of the 2008 N.C. Department of Cultural Resources theme, “Telling Our Stories.”

For additional information and registration, call the Maritime Museum at 910-457-0003. The N.C. Maritime Museum is part of the Division of State History Museums in the Department of Cultural Resources, a state agency dedicated to the promotion and protection of North Carolina’s arts, history and culture. Now podcasting 24/7 with information about the Department of Cultural Resources, all available at

In November 1717, English pirates captured the French slave-ship La Concorde near the island of Martinique. Led by the notorious Blackbeard, the pirates converted La Concorde into their flagship and renamed the vessel Queen Anne's Revenge. After spending the winter searching for prizes in the Caribbean the pirate fleet consisting of Queen Anne's Revenge and three smaller sloops, blockaded the port of Charleston in May 1718. Continuing up the coast, Blackbeard lost his flagship after it ran aground while attempting to enter Beaufort Inlet, NC.
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