BEAUFORT, N.C.—Queen Anne's Revenge divers and other crew members have brought up more artifacts from Blackbeard's shipwreck site. This week, two more canons were brought to the surface as well as other items researchers are working to identify.
They said about two thirds of the site is excavated, but they still have a lot of work to do to recover all the artifacts by the end of next year.
"We've ramped up the efforts to get the material from the bottom because we never know when that big storm...that Katrina or that Andrew or that Hugo is going to come in from offshore and hit us, hit this area, hit the site," David Moore, QAR diver and Maritime Museum Curator, said.
Fayetteville native Steve Pescatore has been following Blackbeards' Queen Anne's Revenge shipwreck for years. Now living in Massachusetts, a trip to the Maritime Museum in Beaufort is always on his to-do list when he comes home.
"I remember when they found the Queens Anne's Revenge being pretty excited that they found it," Pescatore said. "I am excited to see what they've found."
"It looks like we're going to have a full complement of her rigging. How she was rigged, how they were holding the mast up, how they were operating the sails, things of that sort," Moore said.
Researchers said there are at least 10 more canons on the ocean floor they hope to recover.