The Queen Anne’s Revenge was the flagship of Edward Teach, also known as “Blackbeard,” during the period known as the “Golden Age of Piracy.” Discovered in 1996, the QAR is recognized as a national treasure and is one of the oldest shipwrecks discovered in North Carolina. The remains of QAR lay relatively undisturbed since the vessel ran aground in 1718. The shipwreck was located in 1996 by Intersal, Inc. of Florida, by Operations Director Mike Daniel through research provided by Intersal President Phil Masters before being administered by the State of North Carolina.
In 1997, under the direction of the Underwater Archaeology Branch of the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources, archaeologists began exploring, documenting, and recovering archaeological remains at the Queen Anne's Revenge shipwreck site off the coast of Beaufort.
The project helps historians paint a better picture of the Colonial period in North Carolina by shedding light on the wider political and economic systems of the time. The project also plays a key role of educating the next generation of archaeologists and in boosting tourism in the Crystal Coast region.
Integral to the success of the project thus far, and the continued success of the project in the future, are amazing staff, several partners from across North Carolina and the generous support of a number of sponsors. To learn more about what's happened with the project recently, check out our blog and newsletter archive.