Learn About the Cleaning and Conservation of Artifacts From Blackbeard’s Queen Anne’s Revenge June 25

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?

Cleaning a cannon from Queen Anne's Revenge

Cleaning a cannon

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 jeff.futch@ncdcr.gov to reserve your seat now.

Michael "Beach Mick" Hudson

About the Author:

Michael "Beach Mick" Hudson is the founder and Editor of Beach Carolina Magazine. Living along the coast of North Carolina, Mike has a passion for the beach and loves to bring news and events of the Carolinas to others around the world.

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