Restoration Work on Artifacts from the Queen Anne’s Revenge Begins on Ocean Floor

Just a brief note here on an interesting article concerning in situ efforts to preserve artifacts from the wreck of Blackbeard’s flagship, the Queen Anne’s Revenge (QAR), which was discovered in 1996 in waters off North Carolina’s Beaufort Inlet.

The notorious pirate — whose real name was Edward Teach — had run the ship aground on a sandbar and abandoned it just a few months before his violent end came in late 1718 at the hands of a small force organized by then governor of Virginia, Alexander Spotswood. 

The wreck of the QAR is probably North Carolina’s best known underwater archaeological site — though I suppose the famous ironclad U.S.S. Monitor would give it a run for its money.   

Preservation of artifacts from the QAR while they still lie upon the ocean floor involves an experimental process that reverses the electrochemical process which corrodes iron in seawater.  Initiating the conservation efforts on site should help improve efficiency.   Many thousands of artifacts have already been recovered.

You can learn more about North Carolina’s pirates and Greensboro Public Library’s resources on them in this previous post by our North Carolina Librarian Helen Snow.


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