Blackbeard's cannon salvaged from shipwreck


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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