North Carolina team to pull up pirate ship's anchor

Thu May 19, 2011 9:00am EDT
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By Jim Brumm

WILMINGTON, North Carolina (Reuters) - North Carolina archeologists will attempt to retrieve an anchor this week from the wreckage of the notorious pirate ship Queen Anne's Revenge -- just as its resurrected on the big screen in the new movie release of "Pirates of the Caribbean."

Research teams from the University of North Carolina-Wilmington and Cape Fear Community College set sail on Thursday to try and pull the anchor to the surface at a site where archeologists say the ship wrecked nearly 300 years ago.

Queen Anne's Revenge was the legendary ship used by Blackbeard, the infamous English pirate who operated around the West Indies and the east coast of the American colonies.

Named after his flowing black beard, he was reported to have worn lit fuses under his hat to frighten his adversaries.

"Blackbeard and piracy are important threads in eastern North Carolina's maritime heritage fabric," said Linda Carlisle, the state's cultural resources secretary.

"The historic and economic value of this project is enormous," she said.

In 1717, Blackbeard captured a French slave ship and renamed it Queen Anne's Revenge.

Blackbeard, whose real name was widely believed to be Edward Teach or Thatch, settled in Bath, North Carolina, where he eventually received a governor's pardon.   Continued...