Blackbeard’s flagship’s anchor raised off NC coast

Photo courtesy of Raleigh News and Observer
Photo courtesy of Raleigh News and Observer

MOREHEAD CITY, North Carolina — Queen Anne’s Revenge’s anchor was raised Friday by archaeologists off the coast of North Carolina.

The nearly 3,000-pound anchor was recovered from the wreck of the notorious pirate Blackbeard. The pirate Blackbeard and his crew intentionally grounded the ship in 1718.

The anchor was atop debris in the middle of the ship said Mark Wilde-Ramsing, director of the Queen Anne’s Revenge project.

Later this month, researchers plan a small test hole into the anchor’s location in the wreck to analyze any other artifacts.

The Queen Anne’s Revenge was originally a French slave ship captured in the fall of 1717. Blackbeard, an Englishman, was killed by British sailors in a battle near Ocracoke in 1718.