TIL: In 1996 the remains of the “Queen Anne’s Revenge” Blackbeards pirate ship, were discovered off the coast of North Carolina.

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I had the pleasure of working on the crew that pulled up some of the cannons. It was a slave ship before a pirate ship and no there was no treasure. We did find a period accurate syringe and then an anchor plate we lost on the dredging the year before. The only other things i remember pulled up were balast stones and partial barrel rings.


did you recently watch the netflix show explained about pirates?


And 23 years later, the rights to the recovery footage are being argued before the Supreme Court.


*blasts Flogging Molly*


People often think pirates ruled the seas for decades. Really, the “Golden Age of Piracy” was only about 10 years.