Blackbeard's cannons, Queen Anne's Revenge recovered off North Carolina coast

CARTERET COUNTY, N.C. - Nearly 300 years after the death of the infamous pirate Blackbeard, more of his artillery has come to the surface.

The North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources said five more cannons were raised from the wreckage of the Queen Anne's Revenge on Monday.

The ship sank off the coast of Beaufort centuries ago. Four of the cannons weigh 2,000 pounds.

Project Director Billy Ray Morris said historians believe the largest cannon, weighing nearly 3,000 pounds, was made in Sweden.  This would add weight to a theory of the storied pirate's history of gathering cannons from different countries.

So far, the state said 280,000 artifacts have been recovered from the underwater vessel.

The crew expects a full recovery mission to be completed by 2014.

Queen Anne's Revenge was labeled Blackbeard's flagship.

Historians say before being commandeered by the pirate and his crew, the Queen Anne's Revenge was previously named La Concorde and served as a French slave ship.

Courtesy: WITN, NBC News Channel