Until today, this cannon hadn’t seen air for 295 years.
In 1718, legendary Caribbean pirate Blackbeard sank his ship, Queen Anne’s Revenge, after it got stuck on too-shallow land outside the coastal city of Beaufort, N.C. For almost three centuries, the ship’s hodgepodge of cannons from around the world has sat at the bottom of the sea. Today several of Blackbeard’s big guns rose to the surface in the largest cannon catch yet from the site.
Led by North Carolina’s Department of Cultural Resources, today’s cannon recovery is the latest development in an archeological endeavor scheduled to conclude in 2014. The wreck, recorded at least as early as July 12th, 1718, was discovered on the ocean floor in 1996. Since then, archeologists have recoveredtens of thousands of artifacts. A museum dedicated to the wreck offers this fun interactive map of the ship on the ocean floor.