BEAUFORT, N.C. — History surfaced off the coast of Carteret County on Thursday as two of Blackbeard’s cannons were raised.
The Daily News of Jacksonville reported that the cannons were raised from the notorious pirate’s shipwreck site in Beaufort Inlet.
A dive expedition at the site this month had hoped to bring up eight cannons, but efforts were hampered by bad weather.
A $450,000 effort is underway to remove all the artifacts from the ship by the end of next year.
Researchers have identified 27 known cannons at the site, 26 made of cast iron and one of bronze.
A total of 15 have been recovered including the two raised on Thursday.
The cannons are about eight feet long and weigh about 2,500 pounds each. Researchers said they will be taken to a conservation lab in Greenville.
Blackbeard was a notorious English pirate who operated around the West Indies and the eastern coast of the American colonies.
He captured a French slave ship and renamed it Queen Anne’s Revenge in 1717. He ran the ship aground at Beaufort Inlet in Carteret County a year later.
Volunteers with the Royal Navy killed Blackbeard in Ocracoke Inlet in the Outer Banks five months after the ship sank.
Read more: The Daily News of Jacksonville