MOREHEAD CITY, N.C. – State underwater archaeologists on Monday raised a cannon from a sunken ship that could have belonged to the pirate Blackbeard.
The roughly 8-foot-long cannon weighs about 2,500 pounds and was pulled from an ongoing excavation at the presumed site of the Queen Anne's Revenge.
Fay Mitchell, a spokeswoman for the state Department of Cultural Resources, said the crew finished bringing it to the surface early Monday afternoon.
The cannon will be on display Wednesday at the N.C. Maritime Museum expansion site at Gallants Channel in Beaufort.
Historians believe Blackbeard's ship — the Queen Anne's Revenge — ran aground in Beaufort Inlet in June 1718.
State archaeologists have researched the shipwreck for 10 years, but are still looking for a indisputable link to Blackbeard.
Their current three-month expedition began in August and is expected to recover thousands of artifacts.