Five cannons that have been hidden in the murky deep with the rest of Blackbeard's ship were brought to the light of day on Oct. 28. His ship, known as Queen Anne's Revenge, lies hidden under 25 feet of water two miles off the Coast of North Carolina and a team of scientists with the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources has been working with the Coast Guard to recover parts of the wreckage.
Four of the five cannons that reached the surface on Monday weighed about 2,000 pounds, according to CNN. The largest one, believed to be made in Sweden, hit the 3,000-pound mark. The others were each able to fire a six-pound cannonball up to two miles. With these five recovered, that brings the total number to 20, leaving about 20 more cannons still on the ship.
In a Fox News article, project director Billy Ray Morris expressed his uncertainty at recovering all of the ship's guns. He stated, "We know the records state that the Queen Anne’s Revenge had 40 cannons, and I believe we’ll find some more before it’s all over, but I’m not sure if we’ll find all 40." But Monday's haul was the biggest recovery of cannons so far.
This project will officially wrap up in 2014 and the excavating season is over for this year, so the team will have a hard push to recover the rest of Blackbeard's artillery. Since the discovery of the wreck in 1996, the team has been able to rescue 280,000 artifacts, which are displayed in Beaufort at the Queen Anne's Revenge exhibit.