I love when that happens . . .
Blackbeard's anchor recovered off NC coast
PhysOrg.com [USA], May 27, 2011
Archaeologists recovered the first anchor from what's believed to be the
wreck of the pirate Blackbeard's flagship off the North Carolina coast
Friday, a move that might change plans about how to save the rest of the
almost 300-year-old artifacts from the central part of the ship. Divers
had planned to recover the second-largest artifact on what's believed to
be the Queen Anne's Revenge but discovered it was too well-attached to
other items in the ballast pile, said project Mark Wilde-Ramsing.
Instead they pulled up another anchor that is the third-largest artifact
and likely was the typical anchor for the ship. Apparently, pirates had
everyday anchors and special anchors just as the rest of us have
everyday dishes and good china. "That's a big ship to be putting that
out to stop it," Wilde-Ramsing said admiringly as a pulley system of
straps and men holding ropes moved the anchor from a boat to the back of
truck. It's the first large anchor that divers have retrieved; they
earlier brought up a small, grapnel anchor.
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