At 11 feet, 4 inches long and arms that are 7 feet, 7 inches across the anchor of the Queen Anne’s Revenge, Blackbeard’s ship, has been retrieved. Archaeologists have pulled up part of the wreckage of Blackbeard’s flagship off the coast of North Carolina, and the anchor is the third largest artifact in the wreck. The next step is planning the salvage of the rest of the nearly 300 year old artifacts.
North Carolina state officials are hoping the recovery of the Queen Anne’s Revenge will increase tourism, and it couldn’t have happened at a better time. Disney’s new "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides" was released this month, and both Blackbeard and the Queen Anne’s Revenge have a starring role in the film.
The wreckage was originally found in 1996, and the artifacts will be on exhibit at the North Carolina Maritime Museum
starting June 11. The remaining artifacts are planned to be rescued by the end of 2013.