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A Trove of Loaded Cannon

Archaeologists have found 24 guns so far at the wreck site at Beaufort Inlet, North Carolina, shown in this site plan, adding weight to the notion that the vessel was a pirate ship, since merchant vessels were not as heavily armed. For scale, the silhouette below shows a typical early 18th-century French three-masted vessel. The cannon, anchor, and other artifacts labeled on the image are shown in their exact position on the ocean floor.

Map sources: David Moore, North Carolina Maritime Museum, and Chris Southerly, North Carolina Underwater Archaeology Branch.Underwater photography by Chris Southerly; Digital stitching and processing by Karen Browning.