Though Sec. Susan Kluttz visited the Maritime Museum in Beaufort two weeks ago for the kickoff of the Queen Anne’s Revenge (QAR) spring dive season, she didn’t get a chance to see all that the museum has to offer. She got that chance Wednesday after seeing the QAR shipwreck site and meeting with some of people who are making the project’s work possible.
The day started out early with a boat ride out to the QAR shipwreck site. Though rough seas prevented the project’s archaeologists from raising cannon as they had planned, Sec. Kluttz was still able to see where the recovery operations are happening and some of vessels that the project’s team are using.
After the boat trip, the Secretary joined Bucky and Wendy Oliver and other project supporters at the Boathouse at Front Street Village for a presentation by the QAR’s lead conservator Sarah Watkins-Kenney on what happens to the artifacts after they’re picked up from the sea floor. The lunch was followed by a tour of the N.C. Maritime Museum at Beaufort, which is the official repository for artifacts from the Queen Anne’s Revenge shipwreck.
The theme of the day was the importance of public-private partnerships at Cultural Resources and the impact that private donations have on ensuring the QAR project’s completion. Click here to find out how you can help support work on Blackbeard’s Queen Anne’s Revenge.