Crews complete dive on Queen Anne's Revenge wreck site.

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The first of five cannons raised Monday from the Queen Anne's Revenge is momentarily suspended near the research barge Jones Bay Monday as divers watch off Atlantic Beach in the Atlantic Ocean.

Drew C. Wilson/Havelock News
Published: Monday, October 28, 2013 at 07:10 PM.

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BEAUFORT — A small arsenal of guns covered the deck of the Coast Guard Cutter Smilax Monday after a mission that seized a few pieces of history.

Five cannons were raised Monday from the Queen Anne’s Revenge shipwreck site at Beaufort Inlet, the most recovered at one time from the wreck considered to be the pirate Blackbeard’s flagship.

“Today is definitely a red-letter day: five guns coming off the site,” said David Moore, who has been a member of the QAR team since recovery efforts began.

The five concretion-covered cast iron cannons averaged about 2,000 pounds each and are among the largest of the guns recovered from the shipwreck site. They fired six-pound cannons and were used in defense of the Queen Anne’s Revenge, which sank after running aground nearly 300 years ago.

The QAR team of researchers has identified nearly 30 cannons at the site and the ship may have had as many as 40 heavy cannons on it when it sank.

With the five raised Monday, 22 cannons have been recovered from the site.

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