Arms and Armament

Pirate ships were heavily armed and QAR was no exception. Historical accounts refer to as many as 40 cannon on the ship. As of 2015, 30 have been found on the site, and 24 have been recovered by archaeologists. Artifacts associated with the cannon include iron cannon balls and bar shot, lead aprons or touch-hole covers, langrage, and possible carriage hardware.

Small arms include a variety of gun parts, a handful of semi-complete firearms, and hudreds of thousands of lead shot. Although no complete bladed weapons have been discovered, a few intriguing fragments have been found. In addition, about two dozen hand grenades were recovered.

These artifacts relating to arms and armament include artillery, ammunition, and personal arms.

  • Artillery consists mostly of the ship's cannon, ammunition, and related equipment.
  • Personal Arms includes the intact firearms and fragmented gun parts, their ammunition, hand grenades, and bladed weapons.

See the images below for details on arms and armaments that have been recovered thus far.

Variety of cannon recovered from the Queen Anne's Revenge shipwreck.
Cannon
Signal gun recovered from the Queen Anne's Revenge shipwreck.
Signal Gun
Gun Carriage
Two types of bar shot from the Queen Anne's Revenge shipwreck.
Bar Shot
A cannon ball recovered from the Queen Anne's Revenge shipwreck.
Cannon Balls
Langrage recovered from the Queen Anne's Revenge shipwreck.
Langrage
Wadding recovered from the Queen Anne's Revenge shipwreck.
Cannon Wad
Tompion recovered from the Queen Anne's Revenge shipwreck.
Tompion
Cannon apron from the Queen Anne's Revenge shipwreck.
Cannon Apron
Artillery Tools
Grenade recovered from the Queen Anne's Revenge shipwreck.
Grenades
Partial firearms recovered from the Queen Anne's Revenge shipwreck.
Personal Firearms
Gun parts from the Queen Anne's Revenge shipwreck.
Gun Parts
Lead shot recovered from the Queen Anne's Revenge shipwreck.
Lead Shot
Bullet Mold
Bladed Weapons