Lost and Found? Blackbeard’s Sword

blackbeardSure, it doesn’t look like much. Sure, there’s not enough of it left to really make sure it was a blade and not a paint scraper. Sure, it could have belonged to a powder monkey…

But I can dream, can’t I?

This past week, divers from North Carolina’s underwater archaeology division raised two thousand pound cannons from the depths of the inlet where the wreck of Blackbeard’s last tub is located and will restore them over several years at East Carolina’s lab in Greenville.

However, one find that was recently shown to the media in the past couple of weeks captures the imagination like few of the other pieces, as it represents one of the more iconic pieces of hardware associated with pirates: a sword.

Read on…

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