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http://www.cnn.com/2006/TECH/science/10/30/blackbeard.ship.r...

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Nearly three centuries ago, the notorious pirate Blackbeard ran aground in his ship, the Queen Anne's Revenge, off what is now a North Carolina beach town.

This month, a crew of 13 heads out to sea each day, hoping for clear-enough weather to dive the 20 to 25 feet to the ocean bottom to excavate what they believe is Blackbeard's ship.

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In May 1718, Blackbeard's pirates sailed into the port of Charleston, South Carolina and, in a stunningly audacious move, blockaded the harbor. The ransom demanded, and paid, was a chest of medicine worth 400 pounds, says Butler.


I did not know that Blackbeard blockaded Charleston.
 
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Oh, yeah. That's one of Charleston's claims to fame. It's also the basis of Tim Powers' brilliant novel On Stranger Tides.
 
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It's worth noting that they wanted the medicine, not the 400 pounds...
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