June 22, 2011

Blackbeard at North Carolina Maritime Museum

Fox News "There's no admission for the exhibit, and no date for it to close because the museum plans to keep it on permanent display." via AP

'The largest exhibit ever of artifacts from what's believed to be the remains of Blackbeard's flagship is opening at the North Carolina Maritime Museum, with bells, cannon, lead shot and part of the hull among the items on display.

'There won't, however, be any pirate treasure, says David Moore, the museum's nautical archaeologist. That's because the Queen Anne's Revenge didn't wreck, but ran aground, giving the crew time to remove most of the valuables.

'The museum averages about 200,000 visitors a year, and Moore expects the exhibit to increase those numbers.'

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