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Did Archaeologists Uncover Blackbeard's Treasure?

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Did Archaeologists Uncover Blackbeard's Treasure?

Post by Rowan » Wed March 16th, 2011, 3:08 pm

The vessel believed to have been Blackbeard’s flagship is currently occupied by octopuses, which turn a pale, disgruntled green when nautical archaeologists approach. Black sea bass nip at the excavators’ ears, and moray eels spill out of the mouths of cannons, many of which are still loaded.

But after nearly 300 years in the North Carolina shallows, the remains of what may be the Queen Anne’s Revenge are surfacing, plank by worm-eaten plank.
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Post by fljustice » Wed March 16th, 2011, 3:29 pm

Thanks for the link, Rowan! I follow archaeology and love these types of news stories.
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Post by LoveHistory » Wed March 16th, 2011, 7:43 pm

Read something similar a few months ago. It will be interesting to see what comes of this.

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Post by Margaret » Thu March 17th, 2011, 1:20 am

Very cool. And the writing is good - it has real flair!
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Post by wendy » Thu March 17th, 2011, 12:33 pm

Having done extensive research (and seen most of the recovered artifacts in various exhibits around the Carolinas) I do believe there is a good chance this was Blackbeard's flagship based on the size of the wreck, the firepower on board, and the items so far recovered. I think he intentionally scuttled the QAR to downsize his crew. At this point he was in charge of 300+ men and according to the pirate code everyone got an equal share of the loot. But by moving the valuables onto a smaller sloop and abandoning the majority of men on a nearby sandbar, he and his original crew of around 50 would have got roughly 6-times more! Shocking? There's a reason why Blackbeard was called "The Terror of the Seas." If you'd like to see photos pertaining to his life please check out the web site at http://www.FireOnDarkWater.com
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