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Cannon recovered from presumed Blackbeard ship

ATLANTIC BEACH, N.C. -- Researchers have recovered one of the big cannons from the wreck of the vessel presumed to be Blackbeard's flagship, the Queen Anne's Revenge. Rough seas delayed the retrieval earlier this week, but the 2,000 pound, eight-foot cannon was brought to the surface near Beaufort Thursday morning. It had rested on the floor of the Atlantic Ocean for nearly 300 years. A news release from the state Department of Cultural Resources said the cannon will spend the next five years at the Queen Anne's Revenge Conservation Lab at East Carolina University in Greenville, being prepared for museum exhibit. This is the 12th cannon to be recovered from the shipwreck site. Experts think Blackbeard's crew abandoned the ship after it ran aground in Beaufort Inlet in 1718. The wreck was discovered in 1996. (Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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