February 2, 2012

Recently Restored Blackbeard Artifacts to be Displayed at Maritime Museum in Beaufort, NC

BEAUFORT – A small cannon recovered from the 1718 shipwreck of Blackbeard’s flagship, Queen Anne’s Revenge (QAR), will be on display for the public in late February at the N.C. Maritime Museum in Beaufort.

Other newly restored artifacts to be added to the museum’s ongoing Blackbeard exhibit include a pewter decorated wooden knife handle, cannon wadding, and a hand grenade.

“The 19-inch bronze cannon possibly was used as a signal gun to warn victims of the pirate ship’s presence or as part of combat,” explains nautical archaeologist David Moore, with the N.C. Maritime Museum. “In fact, there is evidence that the cannon was well-used, as the vent had been worn from explosions and was replaced by the crew,”

An unexpected find in a 2007 dive of the shipwreck, was the 4-inch wooden knife handle adorned with pewter trim. ”It is remarkable that a wooden object has survived nearly 300 years on the ocean floor,” said QAR Chief Conservator Sarah Watkins-Kenney, who noted the knife blade did not survive.

Currently 300 individual artifacts are in the Blackbeard’s Queen Anne’s Revenge exhibit in Beaufort. Other Blackbeard artifacts can be found at the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum in Hatteras, the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh, and the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.

To date, more than 280,000 individual pieces have been recovered since the wreck’s discovery in 1996 by the Florida-based research firm Intersal, Inc.

Once recovered, artifacts are conserved at the Queen Anne’s Revenge Conservation lab, housed at East Carolina University in Greenville, where students assist professional staff with restoration work.

The Queen Anne’s Revenge Shipwreck Project and the N.C. Maritime Musuems are within the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources.

The N.C. Maritime Museum in Beaufort offers maritime history and coastal cultures. Exhibits offer lifesaving stations and lighthouses, sailboats and motor boats, and the rich seafood industry.

The Beaufort museum is the official repository for artifacts from the shipwreck of Blackbeard’s flagship, Queen Anne’s Revenge, which ran aground near Beaufort in 1718.

For more information call (252) 728-7317 or visit N.C. Maritime Museum -Beaufort and N.C. Maritime Museums
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