Blackbeard's anchor raised off U.S. coast

Archaeologists raise Blackbeard’s anchor on May 27, 2011, after the famed pirate’s ship appears to...

Archaeologists raise Blackbeard’s anchor on May 27, 2011, after the famed pirate’s ship appears to have been discovered off the coast of North Carolina. (Karen Browning\NC Department of Cultural Resources)

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A 3,000-lb. anchor believed to belong to the Queen Anne's Revenge -- the ship of the infamous pirate Blackbeard -- has been recovered from the waters off the coast of North Carolina.

On Friday, members of the Queen Anne's Revenge Shipwreck Project used lift bags and a crane to pull the anchor out of 20 feet of water and onto the deck of a boat named the Dan Moore.

The North Carolina department of cultural resources was tweeting the event as it happened Friday.

"The anchor has just broken the surface. You can feel the boat slightly leaning towards its 3,000-lb. mass," the tweets said. "After nearly 300 years, Blackbeard's anchor is now aboard the Dan Moore. Horns blare and onlookers cheer. A little crusty, but there is no doubt about it being an anchor."

It's believed the anchor has been on the floor of the Atlantic Ocean since June 1718, when Blackbeard grounded on an ocean bar as he tried to enter an inlet.

Blackbeard, whose real name was Edward Teach, escaped his ship, but six months later died in a battle with the Royal Navy in North Carolina.

The ship was discovered in Nov. 1996 by private divers.

The department of cultural resources said the anchor will now be taken to a conservation lab at East Carolina University. Eventually, the Friends of the Queen Anne's Revenge want to put it on public display.

Blackbeard has appeared as a character in several television shows and movies, including Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, which was released May 20.


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