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In search of pirate plunder

MARCH 9 — Scientists and researchers are planning to excavate a sunken boat off North Carolina that is believed to have been captained by the notorious pirate Blackbeard.

Researchers say the ship in question is a French slave ship that Edward Teach, a.k.a. Blackbeard, captured in 1717 and later renamed Queen Anne’s Revenge, an Associated Press news report states. The boat reportedly ran aground a year later and sank off Atlantic Beach, N.C.

Despite the nay-sayers, three EastCarolinaUniversity professors say they have no doubt that the ship was once captained by Blackbeard, the news report says. In recent years, several artifacts have been collected from the wreck, including coins and dishes, that researchers say prove the vessel is Queen Anne’s Revenge.

“Historians have really looked at it thoroughly and don’t feel that there’s any possibility anything else is in there that was not recorded,” the director of the Queen Anne’s Revenge Projectsays in the report. “And the artifacts continue to support it.”

Once the project is complete the items taken from the vessel are to be put on display, the report says. Project managers say the excavation could take up to three years.

Jason Fell