BEAUFORT, N.C. (June 21, 2013)—Two cannon have been raised from the wreckage of the Queen Anne's Revenge off the North Carolina coast on Thursday.
Blackbeard captured the French slave ship and renamed it Queen Anne's Revenge in 1717.
Royal Navy volunteers killed Blackbeard in Ocracoke Inlet the following year, five months after the ship sank.
A dive expedition at the site this month had hoped to salvage eight cannon, but efforts were hampered by bad weather until Thursday.
There's a $450,000 effort underway to remove all the artifacts from the ship by the end of next year and an extended dive expedition is planned this fall.