Queen Anne’s Revenge was the flagship of Edward Teach, also known as “Blackbeard,” during the period known as the “Golden Age of Piracy.” Prior to its capture by the famous pirate and his men, the ship was called La Concorde, a French merchant vessel engaged in the slave trade.
An Unexpected and Treasured Find
The site is recognized as a national treasure and is one of the oldest shipwrecks discovered in North Carolina. The remains 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 and is 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/La Concorde shipwreck site off the coast of Beaufort.
A Mission of Many Worthy Aims
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. It also plays a key role in educating the next generation of archaeologists, as well as 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.