Researchers gently guide the cannon onto the stern of the NOAA research vessel, RV-8501.
On Oct. 26, NOAA's Office of National Marine Sanctuaries assisted the State of North Carolina with the recovery of a large cannon from the Queen Anne's Revenge, the sunken flagship of the notorious pirate captain Blackbeard. The Queen Anne's Revenge sank off the coast of North Carolina in 1718 when Blackbeard ran it aground while entering an inlet. The cannon had rested on the ocean floor for nearly 300 years.
The Queen Anne's Revenge project conservator attends to the cannon resting on the stern of the NOAA research vessel, RV-8501, before it is transported to the Maritime Museum in Beaufort, NC.
The RV-8501, an 85-foot NOAA research vessel, served as a staging platform for divers during the recovery mission. The vessel was also used to transport the iconic relic. The eight-foot-long canon was taken to a conservation lab at East Carolina University to begin the restoration process before it ultimately goes on display at the North Carolina Maritime Museum located in Beaufort, N.C.
The Queen Anne's Revenge Project is a coordinated undertaking involving individuals, organizations, and institutions under the overall management of the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources. Partners in the project include East Carolina University, N.C. Marine Fisheries, Town of Beaufort, and Friends of the Queen Anne's Revenge, NOAA's Office of National Marine Sanctuaries, the Monitor National Marine Sanctuary, and the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation.