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Blackbeard shipwreck artifacts tell tales of seafaring and sword play

December 10, 2010
Artifacts recovered this fall from the wreck of the presumed Queen Anne's Revenge (QAR), Blackbeard's flagship, will be displayed by the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources ( for the media at the QAR Conservation lab in Greenville on Tuesday, Dec. 14, at noon. Other artifacts that will be transferred to the N.C. Maritime Museum in Beaufort also will be displayed at the news conference at the QAR Conservation lab on the West Research Campus of East Carolina University. Altogether they offer glimpses of life at sea in the 1700s.

Among the 122 items recovered this fall is part of a sword handle with a grip made of antler, which seems to fit a sword guard recovered in 2007. This sword likely would have been a pirate's prize as the sword guard had a copper alloy quillon block from a hanger sword. The quillon block (the attachment point for the blade) will be transferred to the Maritime Museum. This event will showcase the journey of objects from the floor of the Atlantic Ocean to exhibit at the Maritime Museum, the N.C. Museum of History, and other tourist venues. Artifacts to be conserved and to be transferred will be displayed, some at the Maritime Museum before Christmas and at the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh in January.

WHO: N.C. Department of Cultural Resources Secretary Linda Carlisle, QAR Shipwreck Project Director Mark Wilde Ramsing, QAR Chief Conservator Sarah Watkins-Kenney, Dr. Diedre Mageean, East Carolina University faculty, and others.

WHAT: Presentation and examination of presumed Blackbeard shipwreck artifacts

WHEN: Tuesday, Dec. 14, noon

WHERE: QAR Conservation Lab, West Research Laboratory, 1157 VOA Site C Road, ECU, Greenville, NC 27834

For additional information call (919) 807-7389. The QAR Shipwreck Project and the N.C. Maritime Museum are within the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources, the state agency with the mission to enrich lives and communities, and the vision to harness the state's cultural resources to build North Carolina's social, cultural and economic future. Information is available 24/7 at

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    December 13, 2010 | 03:00 PM

    at some point in time the experts are going to have to announce that this is indeed the QAR. We are not going to find any document of ownership that proves exactly what ship it is. The stuff on board is probably a collection of many ships so an exact ID is not going to happen. It is the QAR and Edward "Black" Beard was from Beaufort County.

    Randy from Washington
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