Blackbeard's booty attracts throngs to museum

Posted June 24, 2011

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— More than 12,000 people have visited a Beaufort museum in the past week to view an exhibit of items recovered from the wreckage of what is believed to be the flagship of the pirate Blackbeard.

Divers raised an anchor last month from a shipwreck off the North Carolina coast that experts say is the Queen Anne's Revenge. The recovery generated interest worldwide, state officials said.

An exhibit of artifacts from the ship, from tiny trade beads, buckles and flecks of gold to samples of still-encrusted artifacts soaking in tanks of salt water, has drawn visitors from 26 states as well as Canada, the United Kingdom and the Netherlands to the North Carolina Maritime Museum.

“This is the most successful exhibit we’ve launched in the past three decades,” Joseph Schwarzer, director of the North Carolina Maritime Museums, said in a statement.


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  • thefensk Jun 30, 2011

    Word --- you took the words right out of my mouth. I think I need to go clean my glasses.

  • Word Jun 29, 2011

    When I first read the title, I thought it said, "Blackbeard's booty attracts thongs to museum." I was like, booty? thongs?

  • Shelley Cooper Jun 29, 2011

    I just called a friend to tell them about this. They appreciated getting the booty call.

  • browngavin Jun 28, 2011

    I hear they have Blackbeard artifacts on display NC Symphony's Pirates concert on July 9th. Kids 12 and under are free to get in. You can bring picnic, wine and beer and enjoy pirate themed music from Pirate of the Caribbean to Pirates of Penzance....I am taking my whole family !!!

  • SARCASTICLES Jun 28, 2011

    Blackbeard's BOOTY is the main attraction? ARRrrrrr....shiver me timbers! ;)

  • wdprice3 Jun 28, 2011

    nice job on the title. booty. thong. attracts. haha

  • They call me CATMAN Jun 28, 2011

    Blackbeards what? Oh it's treasure nevermind.

  • jeff3861 Jun 27, 2011

    The title of the article made me laugh

  • carykad Jun 27, 2011

    There is no evidence this was Blackbeard's ship - this is a con-job by the local merchants hyping the "pirate" image of Beaufort--yellow_hat

    "pirate image". HA! I'm betting you know notta about the history of the NC coast. If you did you would know there is a lot more to it than "image".

  • ctcook1 Jun 27, 2011

    On a side note, the pyramids are just a scam to bring in revenue to Egypt. Cmon yellow. Why so much pessimism?