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Presumed Blackbeard booty on display at NC museum


RALEIGH, NC (AP) -- New booty is going on display after it was collected from the shipwreck believed to be Blackbeard's pirate flagship.

The artifacts on display beginning Friday at the North Carolina Museum of History in Raleigh are fresh from the sea. They were recovered in this fall's expedition at the shipwreck site near Beaufort.

The wreck is believed to be that of Blackbeard's flagship, the Queen Anne's Revenge, which ran aground in Beaufort Inlet in 1718.

The artifacts going on display until Jan. 30 include part of a handblown blue-green window pane believed to have been in the captain's quarters. There's also a brass buckle that may have fastened a belt or weapons bandolier, and brass scale weights for weighing silver coins.

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