Blackbeard’s Anchor Is Fished From Sea
Archaeologists Find Sunken Ship Belonging to the Infamous Pirate
by Kursat Gök, age 17
Blackbeard was the most fearsome pirate that ever to sail the seas, notorious for his daredevil tactics in battle. Blackbeard was known for his success in piracy and for his murderous ways.
Many details of Blackbeard’s early life are uncertain, but what we do know is that he was born during the 1680’s under the name of Edward Teach.
During his youth, he served on a British privateer based in the Caribbean. Privateers were essentially armed ships hired by nations in times of war. The sole purpose of these privateers was to loot the merchant ships of other nations in an attempt to sabotage their economy. The thin line that separated privateers from pirate ships was that privateers committed “selfless” acts of patriotic piracy.
By the end of his career as a privateer, Teach had gained much experience in piracy. Using this extensive knowledge, Teach stole a swift vessel, strengthened it with cannons and reinforced it with hard planks. Named Queen Anne’s Revenge, the ship wielded a large anchor and could carry 250 pirates.
Archaeologists have recently discovered an important piece of naval history - the remains of the Queen Anne’s Revenge - lying dormant at the bottom of the ocean.
Divers recovered the third largest and easiest-to-lift artifact from the central part of the ship: the anchor. The ship’s anchor is eleven-feet-four inches tall and weighs three tons. The archaeologists believe it was used to assist the tight turns and swift maneuvers needed in sea battle.
Quickly brought up by a pulley system and then hauled to the diver’s boat by the crew, the sea-debris-covered anchor broke sea level for the first time in 300 years. Reviving Blackbeard’s sunken anchor is an important part of rediscovering the history of piracy and archaeologists hope to preserve this marvel in museums for future generations of pirate-enthusiasts.
[Sources: National Geographic; Associated Press; Wisconsin Sate Journal]