Blackbeard’s Cannon Found in Shipwreck off North Carolina Coast (VIDEO)

Blackbeard’s Cannon Found in Shipwreck off North Carolina Coast 

Blackbeard’s Cannon Found in Shipwreck off North Carolina Coast 

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Oct. 27 2011 3:53 PM

Blackbeard’s Cannon Found in Shipwreck off North Carolina Coast 

Cannon ho! Archaeologists off the coast of North Carolina have discovered a cannon from the legendary pirate Capt. Blackbeard's ship, the Queen Anne's Revenge.

The ship, once a French-owned slave trade vessel, was stolen and renamed by Blackbeard in 1717 and sank just a year later.

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Since 1996, the Queen Anne's Revenge Conservation Lab has excavated 280,000 artifacts from the ship, including cannons, grenades, bottles, and what no pirate could live without, gold.

The newest cannon will be fully uncovered and cleaned on the mainland, though the process could take several years.