Blackbeard's ship "Queen Anne's Revenge," a former French slaver, is believed to have been discovered in 1996, just 20 feet underwater in Beaufort Inlet, North Carolina. See ""Blackbeard's Ship" Yields New Clues to Pirate Mystery." By Brian Handwerk. National Geographic News, 12 Jul 2005.
"Soon after leaving Charleston [where he had subjected the city to a famous blockade in 1718], Blackbeard's fleet attempted to enter Old Topsail Inlet in North Carolina, now known as Beaufort Inlet. During that attempt, Queen Anne's Revenge and the sloop Adventure grounded on the ocean bar and were abandoned. ... According to a deposition given by David Herriot, the former captain of Adventure, "the said Thatch's ship Queen Anne's Revenge run a-ground off of the Bar of Topsail-Inlet." ...
Herriot claims that Blackbeard intentionally grounded Queen Anne's Revenge and Adventure in order to break up the company, which by this time had grown to over 300 pirates. ... Blackbeard marooned some pirates and left Beaufort with a hand picked crew and most of the valuable plunder."
Blackbeard, believed to be Edward Thatch or Teach, was killed five months later.
Beaufort, N. C. -- State archaeologists began a series of dives this week to recover four cannons and other artifacts from the shipwreck believed to be the flagship of notorious pirate Blackbeard.
The six-week dive began Monday a few miles offshore from Beaufort. Officials said they hope to take advantage of what's been a mild hurricane season.
"Thousands of artifacts remain at the shipwreck, and this invaluable resource is in danger of being lost," Mark Wilde-Ramsing, director of the Queen Anne's Revenge Project, said in a statement. "We plan to recover 7,000 objects containing artifacts."
Those items will be taken to the Queen Anne's Revenge conservation lab at East Carolina University.
Cannons, grenades, platters, flecks of gold, fabric fibers, wine bottles, and hundreds of ballast stones that were used to stabilize the ship while at sea have already been found at the site.
The team, which also includes historians and conservators, says this dive is the most extensive recovery effort since the shipwreck was discovered in November 1996.
The ship, which ran aground in June 1718, is the oldest shipwreck discovered off the North Carolina coast."