Blackbeard wreck yields artefacts

Pirate ship the Queen Anne’s Revenge gives up her secrets

Author: Pat
2nd February 2012
 

A team of divers are raising new artefacts from infamous pirate Blackbeard’s flagship, the Queen Anne’s Revenge.

The wreck was found a little more than a mile off a beach in North Carolina, USA in 1996 by a private salvage company.

The 300-ton vessel was a man-of-war built in England in 1710 and originally named the Concord. In short fashion she was captured by the French in 1711, modified to hold more cargo, including slaves, and renamed La Concorde de Nantes.

Sailing as a slave ship, she was captured by the pirate Captain Benjamin Hornigold in November 1717, near the island of Martinique. Hornigold turned her over to one of his men – Edward Teach, better known as fearsome pirate Blackbeard – and made him her captain.

Teach renamed her the Queen Anne’s Revenge and it served as part of a four-vessel pirate flotilla when it ran aground in 1718 beside the inlet leading to Beaufort and was abandoned.

Since the wreck’s discovery more than 15,000 artefacts have already been salvaged, including slave leg irons, a ship’s anchor, and weighing scales.

Divers are currently working to recover a 1.1-ton cannon, the 14th cannon to be preserved since the wreck was discovered.

Born in Bristol but operating in the Caribbean, Teach himself has a formidable reputation and image – cultivated largely by himself as a tool to get what he wanted without violence.

Nonetheless the Governor of Virginia ordered his demise, and an outfit of soldiers tracked him down and killed him in a close-quarter battle in 1718.

 
 
MORE News
Loading a VW Amarok pickup ready to leave the dive site

‘Arrive, dive, leave’ advises British Diving Safety Group

Latest BDSG guidance encourages keeping interactions to a minimum

Shore diver returns to the water after COVID-19 lockdown

BDSG and UK agencies urge cautious return to the water

Latest guidance is to dive conservatively and observe social distancing topside

Oceanic ProPlusX dive computer

Oceanic dive computers on special offer

Discounts available on the entire range of wrist and console models

Hollis Prism 2 rebreather now available

Hollis grows Prism 2 dealer network

Number of authorised sales and service centres continues to grow

 
 
©2020 British Diver