Raising Blackbeard’s Cannons
On June 20, I had the amazing opportunity to head off the coast of Beaufort, NC and shoot the recovery of two of the cannons from the wreckage of the pirate Blackbeard’s flagship, Queen Anne’s Revenge. The process took several hours and I can’t imagine how nerve wracking and difficult it must have been for the researchers and divers.
Blackbeard used the ship to plunder the Caribbean, stalk the southeastern coast of America and to blockade and hold the port city of Charles Town (now Charleston), South Carolina for ransom. In 1718, he ran aground off of the Beaufort Inlet. There is some speculation as to whether it was intentional or not, but regardless, the wreckage now lies less than a mile and a half off of the beach at Fort Macon, NC, in 25 feet of water.
Personally, this was the most amazing thing I have ever had the chance to shoot. I have a deep interest in history and have been fascinated with pirates since I was a kid. On top of all of that, to be one of the first people to see something that hasn’t been in the open air since 1718 is an emotional experience. Just so happy to have been able to be there.
I hope that the images below can help to share the experience! They’re presented in chronological order- from departing the docks, to first cannon being raised, second cannon and then back to port.
This is so cool