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MOREHEAD CITY, N.C. (AP) - Archaeologists recovered the first anchor from what's believed to be the wreck of the pirate Blackbeard's flagship off the North Carolina coast Friday, a move that might change plans about how to save the rest of the almost 300-year-old artifacts from the central part of the ship.

Divers had planned to recover the second-largest artifact on what's believed to be the Queen Anne's Revenge but discovered it was too well-attached to other items in the ballast pile, said project Mark Wilde-Ramsing. Instead they pulled up another anchor that is the third-largest artifact and likely was the typical anchor for the ship.

Apparently, pirates had everyday anchors and special anchors just as the rest of us have everyday dishes and good china.

"That's a big ship to be putting that out to stop it," Wilde-Ramsing said admiringly as a pulley system of straps and men holding ropes moved the anchor from a boat to the back of truck. It's the first large anchor that divers have retrieved; they earlier brought up a small, grapnel anchor.

The anchor is 11 feet, 4 inches long with arms that are 7 feet, 7 inches across. It was covered with concretion - a mixture of shells, sand and other debris attracted by the leaching wrought iron - and a few sea squirts. Its weight was estimated at 2,500 to 3,000 pounds.

The anchor's size is typical for a ship the size of the Queen Anne's Revenge, while the two other anchors probably were used in emergencies, such as storms, Wilde-Ramsing said.
http://www.usatoday.com/tech/science...carolina_n.htm
 

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This probably doesn't need to be in the heap, but I'll start.

I am against anchors. They have too much iron, and are always throwing their weight around.
 

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This probably doesn't need to be in the heap
Good point.

The CH is for debate, people, not just any misc. thread. Misc. threads go to the Veggie Patch, not Compost Heap.
 

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Jeez, Beancounter, why so bioted against anchors?! It may not be a pretty job, but someone's got to do it. And remember, they're multi-faceted - they don't just keep ships in one spot, they're very handy when it comes to disposing of bodies, especially if you're not as fortunate as I am, to have a cornfield as one's back yard.
 

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This probably doesn't need to be in the heap, but I'll start.

I am against anchors. They have too much iron, and are always throwing their weight around.
*insert laughing smiley here* (don't know how to get smileys up in quick reply)
 

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Jeez, Beancounter, why so bioted against anchors?! It may not be a pretty job, but someone's got to do it. And remember, they're multi-faceted - they don't just keep ships in one spot, they're very handy when it comes to disposing of bodies, especially if you're not as fortunate as I am, to have a cornfield as one's back yard.
I stand by my statement. They're just pointy headed bums that hang around piers late at night, cohort with barnacles, and like to be man-handled by seamen.
 

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I stand by my statement. They're just pointy headed bums that hang around piers late at night, cohort with barnacles, and like to be man-handled by seamen.
And now you're commenting scornfully on their sexual preferences?!?!
 

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And now you're commenting scornfully on their sexual preferences?!?!
Seamen are also known as sailors, which could be either gender.

Sheesh. Welcome to the 21st century.
 

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Seamen are also known as sailors, which could be either gender.

Sheesh. Welcome to the 21st century.
YOU are the one who said "man-handled." If you weren't an out-amd-out sexist, you would have said "person-handled"!
 

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I hate it when these salvage companies feel they have the right to desecrate centuries old ship wrecks like this.
 

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I'm moving this to the Patch.
Nice...

You move it from the Heap, and look what happened.

It died. Thank a lot.
 

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Would my posting here be the official signing of the thread's death certificate?
 

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I hope it's the next anchor for the CBS evening news. Then it could tell pirate jokes in between news stories, like " A pirate walks into a pub with a ships steering wheel his pants. The bartender notices and says " damn, that looks really uncomfortable" . The pirate says "Aaarrrr, it's driving me nuts ! "
 

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I was at a bar several years ago. I saw a pirate sitting at the bar so I sat next to him and struck up a conversation. We had a very stimulating conversation, but I noticed that he had a peg leg for a right leg, so I asked him how he got it.

He replied, and I'm paraphrasing, "Aaargh, me ship got attacked by enemy pirates and during the battle they cut off me leg! So, now I have this peg for a leg."

We continued the conversation, and I noticed he had a hook for a left hand, so I asked him about that.

Again, paraphrasing, "Aaargh, me ship got attacked again by enemy pirates and during the battle they cut off me hand! So, now I have this hook for a hand."

Then I noticed he had a patch over his left eye, and I asked him about that.

"Aaargh, I was walking along the beach on a clear, balmy day when I looked up and a bird **** in me eye!"

"You lost your eye to bird ****?" I asked.

"No! First day with me hook!"
 
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