The raising of a 12th cannon from the shipwreck presumed to be the Queen Anne's Revenge is one of the expected highlights of a dive expedition that gets under way this week off the coast of Carteret County.
But every trip to the site holds the unexpected, as additional artifacts are uncovered and the shipwreck believed to be the flagship of the pirate Blackbeard is explored from every angle.
"It's an unfolding story," said QAR Project Director Mark Wilde-Ramsing.
The next chapter is a two-month dive expedition that begins this week and continues through Nov. 7.
Wilde-Ramsing said a small crew was began setting up Tuesday morning, and the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries' research vessel Shell Point should be available for use starting today.