EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS: Blackbeard Pirate Relics, Gold Found

EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS: Blackbeard Pirate Relics, Gold Found?
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March 30, 2009—A brass navigational instrument known as a chart divider is among artifacts recently recovered from a shipwreck thought to be the Queen Anne's Revenge, the ship of the infamous 18th-century pirate Blackbeard, archaeologists said in March 2009.

Some of the newfound relics add to evidence that the ship belonged to the pirate. ""We feel pretty comfortable that that's what this is," said Marke Wilde-Ramsing, director of the Queen Anne's Revenge project for the North Carolina Office of State Archaeology.

Underwater archaeologists from the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources have been excavating the wreck—which lies 22 feet (7 meters) underwater a few miles off Beaufort, North Carolina—since 1997.

(Related: "Blackbeard's Legend, Legacy Live on in North Carolina.")

Navigational instruments were favorite targets of looting pirates, because the tools could easily be sold or traded, said archaeologist David Moore of the North Carolina Maritime Museum, who is working on the wreck site.

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—Photograph courtesy Wendy M. Welsh, North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources
 
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