Divers successfully recover cannons from Queen Anne's Revenge - WSFA.com Montgomery Alabama news.

Divers successfully recover cannons from Queen Anne's Revenge

Divers recover cannons from QAR. (Source: CFCC) Divers recover cannons from QAR. (Source: CFCC)

ATLANTIC BEACH, NC (WECT) – Divers trying to recover cannons from Blackbeard's flagship, the Queen Anne's Revenge wreck site off the coast of North Carolina were successful in their efforts Thursday.

Bad weather forced the team to scrub the previous two trips, but the conditions were just right the third time around.

A group from Cape Fear Community College used inflation bags to float two cannons to the surface.

This is the first time the cannons have been out of the water in almost 300 years. According to David Hardin with CFCC, the cannons are estimated to weigh 2,000 pounds each.

He said it took six hours to complete the operation and required close coordination between underwater divers and students, captain and crew on board CFCC's research vessel.

Blackbeard ran the ship aground near Beaufort inlet in 1718

Divers discovered the wreck in 1996 and a dozen other cannons have been retrieved since then, in addition to thousands of other artifacts.

The North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources owns the artifacts, and the largest display is at the Maritime Museum in Beaufort.

As more artifacts are being recovered and go through the conservation effort at the QAR lab in Greenville, the state is making it possible for more people to see them.

A statewide touring exhibit is now in western North Carolina, and more traveling exhibits are in the works as more artifacts are recovered and interest in one of North Carolina's most feared pirates grows.

More dives to the site are scheduled for August.

All of the artifacts should be recovered from the wreck site by the end of next year, but because of their fragile condition, it may take up to 15 years before all of the items will be conserved enough to be put on public display.

Copyright 2013 WECT. All rights reserved.

  • NewsMore>>

  • breaking

    Small explosion at Kilauea summit shoots ash plume thousands of feet into air

    Small explosion at Kilauea summit shoots ash plume thousands of feet into air

    Monday, May 21 2018 1:03 PM EDT2018-05-21 17:03:37 GMT

    Authorities are again warning residents in the Big Island's Ka'u district to be prepared for ashfall and potentially "hazardous air quality" through the day.

    More >>

    Authorities are again warning residents in the Big Island's Ka'u district to be prepared for ashfall and potentially "hazardous air quality" through the day.

    More >>
  • Texas school shooting survivors face a 'spiritual war zone'

    Texas school shooting survivors face a 'spiritual war zone'

    Monday, May 21 2018 12:52 AM EDT2018-05-21 04:52:04 GMT
    Monday, May 21 2018 12:55 PM EDT2018-05-21 16:55:00 GMT
    (Elizabeth Conley/Houston Chronicle via AP). A billboard is seen off of I-45 near Santa Fe, Texas, where a student shot and killed eight classmates and two teachers at Santa Fe High School.(Elizabeth Conley/Houston Chronicle via AP). A billboard is seen off of I-45 near Santa Fe, Texas, where a student shot and killed eight classmates and two teachers at Santa Fe High School.

    The shooting suspect, 17-year-old Dimitrios Pagourtzis, has been jailed on capital murder charges.

    More >>

    The shooting suspect, 17-year-old Dimitrios Pagourtzis, has been jailed on capital murder charges.

    More >>
  • Divided Supreme Court rules for businesses over workers

    Divided Supreme Court rules for businesses over workers

    Monday, May 21 2018 10:21 AM EDT2018-05-21 14:21:59 GMT
    Monday, May 21 2018 12:54 PM EDT2018-05-21 16:54:05 GMT
    The justices ruled 5-4 Monday, with the court's conservative members in the majority, that businesses can force employees to individually use arbitration to resolve disputes. (Source: Supremecourt.gov)The justices ruled 5-4 Monday, with the court's conservative members in the majority, that businesses can force employees to individually use arbitration to resolve disputes. (Source: Supremecourt.gov)

    A new Supreme Court will allow employers to prohibit workers from banding together to complain about pay and conditions in the workplace.

    More >>

    A new Supreme Court will allow employers to prohibit workers from banding together to complain about pay and conditions in the workplace.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly
<div id="CDEV-footer"> <div class="top"> <div class="search-box"> <div class="wnSearchBox" id="WNSearchBox-bottom"><form method="get" onsubmit="return wnValidateSearchTerm(this,0)" action="/Global/searchresults.asp"><span>Can't Find Something? </span><input type="text" class="wnQueryText" name="qu" size="20" value="" placeholder="Search For It Here"><input type="submit" class="wnSubmit" value="Search"></form></div> </div> <div class="station-info"> <div class="logo"><img src="http://WSFA.images.worldnow.com/images/8801796_G.png" width="152" height="152" border="0" /></div> <div class="contact"> <div>12 East Delano Avenue<br>Montgomery, AL 36105</div> <div>(334) 288-1212</div> </div> <div class="fcc"> <div><a href="/link/579351/wsfa-public-file">FCC Public File</a></div> <a href="mailto:publicfile@wsfa.com">publicfile@wsfa.com</a> <div>(334) 613-8256</div> <a href="/link/418389/eeo-public-file">EEO Report</a> <a href="/link/723956/closed-captioning">Closed Captioning</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="footer-main-nav"> <ul class="link-group"> <!--<li><a href="#">News Now Link</a></li> <li><a href="#">News Now Link</a></li> <li><a href="#">News Now Link</a></li> <li><a href="#">News Now Link</a></li>--> </ul> </div> <div class="news-link"> <ul class="link-group"> <li><a href="http://www.ktre.com/category/241993/texas-news-now">Texas News Now</a></li> </ul> </div> <div class="bottom"> <div class="copyrightText"> <a id="wnLogo" href="http://www.worldnow.com"><img src="http://ftpcontent.worldnow.com/wncorp/logos/worldnow_white.png" id="wn"></a> <div class="text"> All content &copy; Copyright 2000 - 2018 Raycom Media. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our <a href="/story/8774923/privacy-policy">Privacy Policy</a>, and <a href="/story/8775106/terms-of-service">Terms of Service</a>, and <a class="adchoice" href="//www.aboutads.info/choices" target="policy">Ad Choices</a>. </div> <div class="clear"></div> </div> </div> </div>