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Take An Online Journey To See Blackbeard's Flagship

Posted October 3, 2000 7:00 a.m. EDT

— Four years ago, divers believe they discovered the wreck of Blackbeard's flagship, Queen Anne's Revenge. The power of the Internet is being used to let online visitors watch live as researchers recover artifacts from the ocean floor off the North Carolina coast.

QARLivelets visitors watch live streaming video and audio as archaeologists conduct their dive on the 300-year-old flagship. Technicians use microwave from the dive boat to feed live programming to the Internet.

The dive site is less than three miles offshore. Cameras on the dive boat and underwater allow people at the North Carolina Maritime Museum, theNorth Carolina Museum of Historyand online visitors to watch what goes on under water. The researchers have gotten responses and calls from California, New York and Utah.

Last year's storms covered parts of the wreck and uncovered others. The divers have already found a number of guns on the ocean floor.

"Most of the time, the archaeologists here almost work by feel," says diver-cameraman Rick Allen. "They literally have to touch things, examine things by feel, because they can't see their hands in front of their face."

Streaming video and audio are available, weather permitting, from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. through Friday.