Queen Anne's Revenge Project

Conservators work on preserving a cannon at the Queen Anne's Revenge lab

The Queen Anne’s Revenge was the flagship of Edward Teach, also known as “Blackbeard,” during the period known as the “Golden Age of Piracy.” Discovered in 1996, the QAR is recognized as a national treasure and is one of the oldest shipwrecks discovered in North Carolina. 

In 1997, our archaeologists began exploring, documenting and recovering archaeological remains at the Queen Anne's Revenge shipwreck site off the coast of Beaufort. More than 15 years later, we're still working on recovering the wreck and conserving the priceless artifacts that it contains for eventually public display at the N.C. Maritime Museum in Beaufort.

The Queen Anne's Revenge ran aground in Beaufort in June 1718. Discovered by Intersal, Inc., a private research firm, in November 1996, the Queen Anne's Revenge was located near Beaufort Inlet, by Intersal's director of operations, Mike Daniel, who used historical research provided by Intersal's president, Phil Masters. Daniel now heads up Maritime Research Institute, the nonprofit corporation formed to work on the project in cooperation with state archaeologists and historians.

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