ASHEVILLE, NC June 21, 2013 — The Queen Anne’s Revenge sank in 1718–a lot can happen to a ship and its contents in 300 years. What happens to the cannons and other treasures North Carolina recovers from Blackbeard’s ship on the ocean floor? What condition are they in and how are they preserved for the future?
Get answers to these questions and a lot more at a behind-the-scenes look at the ‘Wet Lab,’ the conservation work on Blackbeard’s Queen Anne’s Revenge is being done on a daily basis. This program is offered at no charge this Tuesday, June 25, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., at the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources’ Western Office at 176 Riceville Road in Asheville.
Sarah Watkins-Kinney, Lab Director and Chief Conservator at the Underwater Archaeology Branch, will present “Queen Anne’s Revenge: From Ocean Floor to Museum Door.” She will discuss the various techniques used to bring the past back to life. Her talk will tell the story of what happens to artifacts–including cannons, anchors and other parts of the ship–between their recovery from the ocean floor and transfer to the museum.
You will be introduced to the many people and steps that are involved in this project, as well as hear about progress made so far and plans for future work.
This program is free, but space is limited. Please call (828) 296-7230 ext. 220 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your seat now.