Researchers to pull up Blackbeard's anchor

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North Carolina archeologists are attempting to retrieve an anchor this week from the wreckage of the notorious pirate ship Queen Anne's Revenge.

Research teams from the University of North Carolina-Wilmington and Cape Fear Community College set sail Thursday to try and pull the anchor to the surface at a site where archeologists say the ship wrecked nearly 300 years ago.

Queen Anne's Revenge was the legendary ship used by Blackbeard, the infamous English pirate who operated around the West Indies and the east coast of the American colonies.

"Blackbeard and piracy are important threads in eastern North Carolina's maritime heritage fabric," said Linda Carlisle, the state's cultural resources secretary.

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