Private Donations Will Allow Excavation Of Blackbeard’s Ship To Continue

From National Geographic:

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Underwater archaeologist Lisa Briggs points to a fleck of gold dust she recently recovered from the wreck of the pirate Blackbeard’s ship, the Queen Anne’s Revenge.

A spur-of-the-moment donation today of $32,500 allowed the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources to meet its fund-raising goal of $450,000 to continue excavating the wreckage of the Queen Anne’s Revenge, the flagship of the legendary 18th-century pirate Blackbeard.

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Despite his reputation as a ruthless killer, many eastern North Carolina residents consider Blackbeard something of a hometown boy. And the long-ago pirate is still bringing money into the state. When a special exhibit of artifacts from the Queen Anne’s Revenge opened at the North Carolina Maritime Museum last year, it drew 50,000 visitors during its first month.

The pirate that keeps on giving.

North Carolina Governor Beverly Perdue, who attended the gathering in Beaufort, noted Blackbeard’s lasting legacy to the state.

“He was a slimy old man, but we’re glad he dumped his ship here,” Perdue told the audience.

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