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10-27-2011, 03:22 PM
A team of diving archaeologists completed their mission to retrieve a cannon from Blackbeard's pirate ship.
The Queen Anne's Revenge sank off the coast of North Carolina in 1718 when Blackbeard (Edward Teach) ran it into the ground while entering an inlet.

The cannon, known as C13, is 8 feet (2.4 meters) long and weighs 2,000 pounds (900 kilograms).

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One of the largest of the ship's 40 guns, cannon C23, was the real prize of the mission, but the team wasn't able to work it free, said Fay Mitchell, spokesperson for the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources. On the ocean floor, C23 was surrounded by a kettle, wooden deadeyes, a pewter plate, cannonballs and a number of unidentified objects, and the team wasn't able to remove the cannon in time to raise it to the surface. [See Images of Blackbeard's cannon.]

This is sooo cool.

10-28-2011, 01:27 AM
Yes, it is definitely full of win