One of the most anticipated films of the year opens this weekend, Pirates of the Caribbean – On Stranger Tides. Johnny Depp returns for a 4th installment as Captain Jack Sparrow. His advisory this go-round is none other than Blackbeard; a pirate that has a strong connection to North Carolina.

As you read this, research teams from University of North Carolina-Wilmington and Cape Fear Community College are attempting to retrieve an anchor from the notorious pirate ship, Queen Anne’s Revenge; the same ship that’s resurrected in the new Pirates film.

The Queen Anne’s Revenge shipwreck site is just off North Carolina’s coast. So far, more than 250,000 artifacts have been recovered. The anchor is believed to be the second biggest on the wreckage site.

If you’re a fan of the Pirates films, you may also be interested in a new exhibition called “Blackbeard’s Queen Anne’s Revenge 1718” starting June 11 at the North Carolina Maritime Museum in Beaufort.

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