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Anchor recovered from Blackbeard’s ship

The anchor is 11 feet, 4 inches long with arms 7 feet, 7 inches across, and is estimated to weigh 2,500 to 3,000 pounds. The anchor is 11 feet, 4 inches long with arms 7 feet, 7 inches across, and is estimated to weigh 2,500 to 3,000 pounds. (Robert Willett/The News &Amp; Observer via Ap)
Associated Press / May 28, 2011

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MOREHEAD CITY, N.C. — Archeologists recovered the first anchor from what’s believed to be the wreck of the pirate Blackbeard’s flagship off the North Carolina coast yesterday, a move that might change plans about how to save the rest of the almost 300-year-old artifacts from the central part of the ship.

Divers had planned to recover the second-largest artifact on what’s believed to be the Queen Anne’s Revenge but discovered it was too well-attached to other items in the ballast pile, said project Mark Wilde-Ramsing. Instead they pulled up another anchor that is the third-largest artifact and probably was the typical anchor for the ship.

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