Diving Blackbeard's Ship

A 13-member crew of archaeological divers has been excavating the Queen Anne's Revenge, flagship of the notorious privateer and pirate Blackbeard, off the North Carolina coast.

Blackbeard held the post of pirate captain for about a year.

"It's astonishing that he's had such an iconic role in such short a time. It's like a comet almost," says Lindley Butler, a retired history professor of Rockingham Community College, in Wentworth, North Carolina.