The NC Maritime Museum in Beaufort, NC houses a state-of-the-art exhibit of Blackbeard's flagship, the Queen Anne's Revenge. The remains of this vessel were discovered in 1996, just outside Beaufort Inlet. This ship, which Blackbeard ran aground in June, 1718 in order to break up his company of 300 to 400 men (thus allowing Blackbeard's select group of pirates to divide the plunder) has lain relatively undisturbed for nearly 300 years.
In recent years the Queen Anne's Revenge has been painstakingly explored by marine archaeologists, and many artifacts have been recovered, interpreted, and preserved. The museum exhibit includes maps, tableaux, history, and numerous artifacts including cannons, gold, anchors and everyday items on board a 16th century vessel.
Anyone visiting eastern North Carolina would be amply rewarded by stopping at the Maritime Museum in Beaufort. You can read more about the QAR project here: http://www.qaronline.org/About.aspx.
Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is a video of Philip Howard telling the story of the 1861 wreck of the Black Squall. You can watch it here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news032113.htm.