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Cannons recovered from site of Blackbeard's sunken ship

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Researchers from the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources work to free a smaller cannon recovered from the shipwreck of Blackbeard's Queen Anne's Revenge. (NC Department of Cultural Resources) Researchers from the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources work to free a smaller cannon recovered from the shipwreck of Blackbeard's Queen Anne's Revenge. (NC Department of Cultural Resources)
ATLANTIC BEACH, N.C. -

Researchers from the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources recovered two smaller cannons Friday from the shipwreck site of Blackbeard's Queen Anne's Revenge.

The researchers from the NCDCR's Underwater Archeology Branch recovered the cannons from the wreck site near Beaufort Inlet.

The iron cannons weigh about 500 pounds each and were more than likely used for close firing at ships being pursued by Blackbeard's pirate crew.

The recovery brings the total number of cannons recovered from the site to 17. Four more cannons are expected to be recovered this fall.

"We are happy to retrieve two more guns as part of the fall season dive efforts," Project Director Billy Ray Morris said.

Cannon balls, rigging gear and sounding weights encased in a cement-like shell were recovered Monday.

The cannons and other artifacts will go directly to the Queen Anne's Revenge lab for conservation. It could take up to five years to remove salts from the iron of cannons and prevent deterioration or the metal flaking away.

An extensive exhibit of Queen Anne's Revenge artifacts is at the N.C. Maritime Museum in Beaufort.

The Queen Anne's Revenge ran aground in Beaufort in June 1718. The site of the wreck was discovered by a private research firm in November 1996.

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