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Tools and Instruments

Blackbeard was known to take valuable instruments from the ships he plundered. He also possessed the necessary tools for transatlantic navigation. Medical instruments were required on any ship of the time, and Blackbeard acquired additional medical supplies when commandeering the medicine chest from the citizens of Charleston, South Carolina.

The tools and instruments found at the site reflect the wide range of activities that occurred aboard the QAR. Some of those activities included carpentry, gunnery, medical treatment, navigation, sail making and rigging, sharpening and surveying. Some artifacts we've recovered don't have a known function.

The artifacts shown below highlight this diversity. Click on the images below to discover their functions.

Basin Fragment
Brass Scale Weight
Brass Surveying Sight
Brass Weights
Coin Weight
Divider
Fishing Weights
Gray Slate
Grindstone
Gunner's Bar
Iron Gouge
Large Brass Needle
Lead Weight
Measuring Links
Mechanical Jack
Mortar and Pestle
Restraining Device
Sector
Universal Staff Mount
Urethral Syringe
Whetstone