From Popular Archaeology:
With the help of the U.S. Coast Guard on Monday, October 28, 2013, archaeologists with the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources raised what is to date the biggest motherlode of artifacts yet from the wreckage of Blackbeard's sunken pirate ship, Queen Anne's Revenge, still lying on the seafloor in Beaufort Inlet, North Carolina. The catch included five complete cannons and two large concretions. A concretion is hardened conglomerations of sand, shells, and coral which begin to build up around artifacts, especially iron objects, soon after they are deposited on the seabed.
Blackbeard is known to have gathered a hodge-podge of cannons from different countries as he equipped his vessel with 40 guns. To date, 29 guns have been located at the shipwreck site near Beaufort. The research team, led by the Underwater Archaeology Branch of the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources, has recovered artifacts from 60 percent of the site, including cannons, anchors, gold dust, animal bones, lead shot, medical and scientific instruments, and much more. Altogether about 280,000 artifacts have been recovered. Full recovery is planned by 2014. An extensive Queen Anne'sRevenge exhibit is at the N.C. Maritime Museum in Beaufort.
Nautilus Productions - http://www.nautilusproductions.com. Blackbeard the pirate's flagship, Queen Anne's Revenge was discovered in 1996 by Intersal, Inc. (http://www.lat3440.com/). Join Nautilus Productions & underwater archaeologists from the Queen Anne's Revenge Shipwreck Project as they examine the wreck site near Beaufort Inlet, NC. Stock footage from the project is copyrighted & not in the public domain but can be licensed at; http://www.nautilusproductions.com/new_site/stock_footage.html
The 300-ton vessel, originally named Concord, was a frigate built in England in 1710. She was captured by the French one year later. The ship was modified to hold more cargo, including slaves, and renamed La Concorde de Nantes. Sailing as a slave ship, she was captured by the pirate Captain Benjamin Hornigold on November 28, 1717, near the island of Martinique. Hornigold turned her over to one of his men —Edward Teach, later known as Blackbeard—and made him her captain. Teach's first mate, Christopher Blackwood (known as Blackbeard's Claw), was feared as a ferocious fighter and led many of Blackbeard's boarding parties.
Blackbeard made La Concorde into his flagship, adding cannons and renaming her Queen Anne's Revenge. The name may come from the War of the Spanish Succession, known in the Americas as Queen Anne's War, in which Blackbeard had served in the Royal Navy, or possibly from sympathy for Queen Anne, the last Stuart monarch. Blackbeard sailed this ship from the west coast of Africa to the Caribbean, attacking British, Dutch and Portuguese merchant ships along the way.
Shortly after blockading Charleston harbor in May 1718, and refusing to accept the Governor's offer of a pardon, Blackbeard ran Queen Anne's Revenge aground while entering Beaufort Inlet. He disbanded his flotilla and escaped by transferring supplies onto a smaller ship, the Adventure. He stranded several crew members on a small island nearby, where they were later rescued by Captain Stede Bonnet. Some suggest Blackbeard deliberately grounded the ship as an excuse to disperse the crew. Shortly afterward, Blackbeard did surrender and accepted a royal pardon for himself and his remaining crewmen from Governor Charles Eden at Bath, North Carolina. However, he eventually returned to piracy and was killed in combat.
Intersal Inc., a private research firm, discovered the wreck believed to be the Queen Anne's Revenge on November 21, 1996. It was located by Intersal's director of operations, Mike Daniel, who used historical research provided by Intersal's president, Phil Masters and archaeologist David Moore. The vessel is in the Atlantic Ocean in shallow water offshore from Fort Macon State Park, Atlantic Beach, North Carolina. Several of the cannons and more than 16,000 artifacts have been recovered; however, none appear to be of French origin, as would be expected from a French slave ship. They are mostly British, as would be expected with a colonial pirate crew.
For one week in 2000 and 2001, live underwater video of the project was uploaded to the Internet as a part of the DiveLive educational program that reached thousands of children around the world. This project enabled students to talk to scientists and learn about methods and technologies utilized by the archaeology team.
Project Director Mark Wilde-Ramsing of the North Carolina Underwater Archaeology Branch supervised recovery of artifacts from the site through the 2007 field season. In November 2006 and 2007, more artifacts were discovered at the site and brought to the surface. The additional artifacts appear to support the claim that the wreck is that of Queen Anne's Revenge. Among current evidence to support this theory is that the cannon were found loaded. In addition, there were more cannon than would be expected for a ship of this size, and the cannon were of different makes. Depth markings on the part of the stern that was recovered point to it have been made according to the French (and not British) foot measurements.
By the end of 2007, approximately 1/3 of the wreck was fully excavated. Artifacts are undergoing conservation. The North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources set up the website Queen Anne's Revenge to build on intense public interest in the finds.
In 2011, the 1.4-tonne (3,100 lb) anchor from the ship was brought to the surface along with a range of makeshift weaponry.
On August 29, 2011, the National Geographic Society reported that the shipwreck had been confirmed as the Queen Anne's Revenge.
I have included a video from the Queen Anne's Revenge Shipwreck Project and the PBS Documentary "Blackbeard's Lost Ship: Queen Anne's Revenge" just for fun.
This is so cool.