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25-05-05, 14:07
ARCHAEOLOGISTS TAP BLACKBEARD'S SHIP
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[ May 25th 2005 ]

Marine archaeologists have salvaged another cannon from an underwater debris field thought to belong to the sunken wreck of notorious pirate Blackbeard. The site, two miles off the coast of Atlantic Beach, NC, has so far surrendered more than 20 cannons and over 16,000 artifacts, according to Associated Press.

"We knew it the first day and we still have absolutely no doubt that she's the Queen Anne's Revenge," said Phil Masters, whose Florida-based research firm located the wreckage in 1996. "There is no other ship lost at Beaufort Inlet with anything more than 10 cannon, nor more than 110 tons that we know of."

According to AP, the expedition is the first for the researchers since a pair of professors published an article in a scholarly journal last month casting doubt about the find, saying it looks more like a mid-18th century merchant ship. "Until such time as we find that absolute one artifact that has initials in it, we'll continue to keep the door open, but I can tell you that door's just about closed," Project Directed Wilde-Ramsing told Associated Press.

Blackbeard, whose real name was believed to be Edward Teach or Thatch, led a band of sea robbers who plagued the shipping lanes off North America and the Caribbean in the early 18th century.