Nearly 400 years ago, the most famous pirate in history abandoned his flagship to sink in twenty feet of water off Atlantic Beach. The dreaded Captain Blackbeard marooned his excess crew on the island and sailed away, into the teeth of his final battle. The abandoned crewmen later accused Blackbeard of purposefully wrecking the ship in a sort of "pirate downsizing." The pirate captain might not have wanted his vessel any more, but for the past decade, research divers have put in hundreds of hours trying to save what's left. WHQR's Megan Williams visited the expedition to learn more...
Researcher Nathan Henry describes the tools, techniques, and challenges of excavating the Queen Anne's Revenge.
Nathan Henry is an assistant state archeologist and conservator in the Underwater Archeology branch out of Fort Fisher. He works with Project Archeologist Chris Southerly on the Queen Anne's Revenge, aided this spring by students from Cape Fear Community College.
You can learn more about Henry's work on the Queen Anne's Revenge Project at the state's website.
Tonight the Fabulous Fantail Film Festival on the battleship North Carolina screens the swashbuckling classic, The Adventures of Robin Hood. As part of the festivities, fighters from the Cape Fear Fencing Association will be on hand to demonstrate the proper way to swing a sword. WHQR's Megan Williams stopped by the club earlier this week, to learn about the fastest blades on the Cape Fear.