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Blackbeard's cannon on display

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BEAUFORT -- A 300-year old cannon believed to be linked to the notorious pirate Blackbeard was on display to the public -- but not for long. The cannon was taken out of the water off the coast of Beaufort on Monday. People to who went to see it today said they wouldn't miss the chance to share a part of history. Those working on the Queen Anne's Revenge shipwreck project are almost certain this cannon was Blackbeard's. It's eight feet long and 2,500 -- that's including layers of shells, sand, and artifacts. About 140 people visited Wednesday's display at the maritime museum in Beaufort. Vacationers who were there were excited about an added bonus to their week. Some locals say they've been anticipating the moment they could see the piece of history for themselves. Morehead City resident Jackie Maucher said, "We had to come down. We've been following this whole adventure and it's taken a few years to get to this point but we felt this was the only opportunity we would really have to see a 300 year-old cannon." The cannon is now headed to East Carolina University where it will be carefully cleaned and examined -- a process that can take up to five years.

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