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

Published: Monday, October 28, 2013 at 07:10 PM.

The recovery Monday was the last opportunity for bringing up the artifacts with this week’s close of the 2013 fall dive expedition at the shipwreck site. For the heavy lifting, the crew of the Smilax stepped in to raise each cannon out of the water and onto its deck, where they were readied for transport to the QAR conservation lab in Greenville.

The Fort Macon-based Smilax is the oldest ship in Coast Guard service and holds the title of Queen of the Fleet.

Smilax Commanding Officer Scott McAloon said Monday’s mission was a unique opportunity to see history recovered from the ocean and for the Coast Guard to partner with other agencies to accomplish the project.

“It’s a great day for North Carolina and a great day for the Coast Guard to have this opportunity,” he said.

For Kimberly Kenyon, who began working at the QAR lab as a conservator earlier this year, it was her first trip to see cannons raised from the site.

“It’s exciting to be dealing with something so historic and significant. It’s a big day for North Carolina,” she said.

In addition to the cannons raised, two large concretions were raised Monday that include cask hoops and other artifacts.

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