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Sec. Kluttz with the Meacham-Boyd family from Rowan County in the N.C. Maritime Museum's Watercraft Center

Sec. Kluttz with the Boyd-Meacham-Morgan family from Rowan County
in the N.C. Maritime Museum’s Watercraft Center

Cultural Resources Sec. Susan Kluttz was one of the more than 2,000 people to stop by the N.C. Maritime Museum in Beaufort last weekend as part of the annual Beaufort Pirate Invasion.

Sec. Kluttz with pirate interpreter Matt Vincer

Sec. Kluttz with pirate
interpreter Matt Vincent

While at the museum, the Secretary met Matt Vincent, a re-enactor portraying a pirate that weekend. She had seen him the week before, when he was portraying Patriot re-enactor Philip Alston the weekend before at House in the Horseshoe’s annual re-enactment!

She also met several tourists, including the Morgan family from her native Rowan County. The family was in Beaufort with the Rowan Roamers—a walking club that has walked in all 100 counties, including on the grounds of a number of Cultural Resources’ historic sites.

If you missed the pirate invasion have no fear! You can see artifacts from the Queen Anne’s Revenge project year-round at the Maritime Museum’s popular exhibit, and follow updates from the project on Facebook.

You can also see the Queen Anne’s Revenge traveling exhibit, that is now at the N.C. Transportation in Spencer and will move to Historic Edenton in early September.

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Headed to the Beaufort Pirate Invasion this weekend? Be sure and meet some of the staff from the Queen Anne’s Revenge (QAR) project team! Project director Billy Rae Morris and chief conservator Sarah Watkins-Kenney will be on-hand Saturday, August 10, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. to:

  • Explain the conservation process for the cannon and other artifacts found at the shipwreck site of Blackbeard’s flagship, the QAR
  • Answer questions and discuss the project with visitors
  • Show off a cannon recovered from the QAR site that is currently in the process of conservation

The N.C. Maritime Museum in Beaufort will also be presenting three programs as part of the weekend’s festivities:

  • An Evening with Pyrates,” Thursday evening, which will feature a tour of the QAR exhibit, a lecture and live entertainment
  • A lecture on the differences between piracy in the 17th and 18th centuries and piracy today, on Friday afternoon at 2 p.m.
  • Family activities related to pirates all day Saturday. Kids will be able to get their own pirate tattoos, take part in a scavenger hunt to identify the rapscallions around town hear a few sea stories of life on the high seas among many other activities.

Visitors can also browse the museum’s extensive collection of artifacts from Blackbeard’s flagship, the Queen Anne’s Revenge, throughout the weekend.

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Sec. Kluttz and Deputy Sec. Kevin Cherry open the Queen Anne’s Revenge exhibit at the N.C. Transportation Museum in Spencer

Actual treasures from Blackbeard’s flagship Queen Anne’s Revenge have made their way inland to Spencer, and Cultural Resources Sec. Susan Kluttz was on hand Saturday as the traveling exhibit Blackbeard’s Queen Anne’s Revenge: 1718  made its debut at the N.C. Transportation Museum. A native and former mayor of Salisbury, the secretary knows the museum well and has visited it many times. At the opening, she was joined by Spencer Mayor Jody Everhart as well as representatives from the Rowan County Tourism Development Authority and N.C. Transportation Museum Foundation.

The exhibit—which started its popular showing at the Cultural Resources Western Office in Asheville earlier this summer—will be on display in at the Transportation Museum through August 31. It will then travel across the state to Historic Edenton for a run in September and October before visiting eight other state historic sites. Click here for a complete schedule.

In celebration of the exhibit, the Transportation Museum will host a Family Pirate Day this Saturday, July 27. The day’s events will include kids crafts and games and a treasure map scavenger hunt of the museum, complete with a prize at the end. Kids and adults who dress in pirate garb will receive discounted admission to the museum, and volunteer ‘pirates’ will be operating the museum’s regularly scheduled train rides as the “Pirate Express.” A pirate costume contest, where participants will “walk the plank” on the roundhouse turntable, will also be offered. The Blackbeard’s Queen Anne’s Revenge: 1718 exhibit is included free as part of the regular admission price.

Please click here for more images of the opening and here for more information on the exhibit.

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Dive the QARWe almost constantly get requests to dive the wreck of Blackbeard’s Queen Anne’s Revenge. Unfortunately, we’re usually unable to accommodate these requests because of the delicate nature of the shipwreck site. But now, thanks to partnership between the Cultural Resources’ Office of State Archaeology, our Underwater Archaeology Branch and the great folks at Visit North Carolina and the Crystal Coast Tourism Authority, you could win the chance to dive into Blackbeard’s rich history with a scuba diving excursion to the Queen Anne’s Revenge in the Vacation of a Lifetime promotion.

So now you’re next question is “I want to dive on the site, but how do I win?” The answer is pretty simple. Head over to this page and share a photo that shows what you see as Beauty Amplified in North Carolina. The picture has to be from North Carolina and it has to be yours, or in legalese, no one else can claim the rights to it.

Fill out the form on the site, choose the Queen Anne’s Revenge wreck diving experience as the prize you want to win and upload your photo. Then share it like crazy with your family and friends. Once your photo is shared 20 times, you’ll be eligible to win. Winners will be drawn at random on August 5, but entries have to be in by July 31.

One of the best parts of this deal is that you’ll get much more than just wreck dive experience (though we think that’s pretty cool it in its right). The total package includes:

  • An oceanfront condo for two courtesy of Atlantic Beach Realty
  • A tour of Blackbeard’s artifacts at the North Carolina Maritime Museum
  • Tickets to experience the North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores and Beaufort Historic Site
  • A “Beaches and Banks Tour” from Southern Air
  • A ferryboat ride to Cape Lookout, where you’ll be able to picnic along the pristine shoreline with the option to climb the lighthouse for a spectacular view
  • Gift certificates toward fine dining at Circa 81, Bistro by the Sea and Amos Mosquito’s restaurants
  • A $1,000 Visa Gift Card to use toward travel expenses

Sounds amazing, right? Well it is! So pick out that photo you think shows Beauty Amplified in North Carolina best and enter today!

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A cannon is raised from the Queen Anne’s Revenge shipwreck

Cultural Resources Sec. Susan Kluttz was one of the first people in almost 300 years to see cannons used on Blackbeard’s flagship, the Queen Anne’s Revenge, as they were recovered from the seafloor late last week. The raising of the two cannons was the culmination of the spring dive season led by state archaeologists in concert with a number of partners and supporters.

She was thrilled to be able to witness such a momentous occasion.

“I’m so proud for North Carolina.” Sec. Kluttz told a reporter from the Jacksonville Daily News after seeing the first cannon raised. “This is such an incredible historic day for our state, and a thrill for me to see something come up from the ocean for the first time in nearly 300 years.”

After visiting the shipwreck site, the secretary also spent time meeting with key project supporters, including Bucky and Wendy Oliver, who hosted a boat trip to the site and whose support has been key in allowing work on the project to continue.

Sec. Kluttz observes the cannon raising.

The trip was a follow up to two trips held in previous weeks to the N.C. Maritime Museum in Beaufort, where Sec. Kluttz got to see artifacts from the Queen Anne’s Revenge (QAR) project that have been fully conserved and participated in a live stream to nearly 500 classrooms around the country. She’s now seen three parts of the QAR process—underwater archeology, completed conservation and education—and she’s looking forward to seeing a fourth—conservation work in the lab—in the coming weeks.

Though the spring dive season is coming to a close, state archaeologists will head back to the site for a fall dive beginning in August and continuing through October. Check back here and on the project website for updates!

You can also click here to see more photos of the day’s events.

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Sec. Kluttz and Chief Deputy Sec. Karin Cochran with QAR project supporters Bucky and Wendy Oliver

Sec. Kluttz and Chief Deputy Sec. Karin Cochran with QAR project supporters Bucky and Wendy Oliver

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.

State archaeologists near the QAR shipwreck site

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.

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Behind-the-scenes at last week’s live stream event

Nearly 12,000 school children from across North Carolina and the country eagerly anticipated the chance to ask their questions about Blackbeard and his flagship last Friday as Sec. Susan Kluttz introduced the live stream program. Sec. Kluttz was introducing archaeologists, conservators and historians that work on the recovery of the Queen Anne’s Revenge project to students who were participating in the first installment of “Cultural Resources TV,” the department’s live streaming video initiative.

During the next 45 minutes, Sec. Kluttz joined elementary, middle and high school students as they asked the experts questions about underwater archaeology techniques and equipment, artifact conservation and Blackbeard through live chat, email and streaming video. Project staff discussed the shipwreck site itself, how they got to it, how they protect and conserve it and what we know about Blackbeard and his crew. The program, which was broadcast from the N.C. Maritime Museum in Beaufort and hosted by Maritime Museum staff, ended with gunfire from a pirate re-enactor, officially kicking off the 2013 spring dive season.

Overall, the program reached 493 classrooms and groups from 196 schools and public libraries across the country. Those schools and libraries represent 51 counties and 4 states outside North Carolina.

In the next couple of weeks, we’ll be bringing you answers to some of the questions the experts didn’t get to, some stories of the program’s impact and updates on this season’s recovery efforts. Check back on this blog for more, but in the meantime, check out the video above and some behind-the-scenes photos here.

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