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Two stories are unfolding after three centuries, thanks to staff and students from East Carolina University’s Maritime Studies department. The ships’ identity was confirmed by items such as cannons and structural evidence concealed by coral reef encroaching the wrecked watercraft. Through this discovery, more is known about the fate of the slaves who survived the sinking.
Among the Queen Anne’s Revenge retrievable items was a page’s fragments. Examination concluded the page fragments came from Edward Cooke’s A Voyage to the South Sea. As for why it was in a cannon on Blackbeard’s flagship, the author speculates the crew was making cannon wadding or a statement about Captain Woodes Rogers, a well-known pirate hunter.