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GREENVILLE, NC (AP) — The first anchor from the wreck of the pirate Blackbeard’s flagship off the North Carolina coast is going on public display in Greenville for a few hours.

The anchor will be on display for four hours Saturday at the Queen Anne’s Conservation Lab as part of the N.C. Science Festival. Lab manager Wendy Welsh says it then will return to wet storage at the lab.

The anchor was recovered last May from the wreck of the Queen Anne’s Revenge.

In 1717, Blackbeard captured a French slave ship and renamed it Queen Anne’s Revenge. Blackbeard settled in Bath and received a governor’s pardon. Volunteers with the Royal Navy killed him in Ocracoke Inlet in November 1718, five months after the ship thought to be Queen Anne’s Revenge sank.

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