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Blackbeard's cannon salvaged from shipwreck

A 2,000-pound cannon from Blackbeard's ship is back on dry land after nearly 300 years at the bottom of the Atlantic.

October 26, 2011 12:15:12 AM PDT
A piece of pirate history is back on dry land after nearly 300 years at the bottom of the Atlantic.

It's a 2,000-pound cannon from Blackbeard's ship. The Queen Anne's Revenge wrecked in 1718 off the coast of North Carolina.

Researchers brought the eight-foot-long gun to the surface Wednesday. It's encased in a cement-like shell of sand, salt and barnacles.

The gun was on public display Wednesday in front of the state Maritime Museum in Beaufort before being taken to a laboratory for further study.

More than 280,000 artifacts have been recovered from the shipwreck since it was found 15 years ago.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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