Dead men tell no tales, but there’s new evidence that somebody on the Blackbeard’s flagship harbored books among the booty.
In an unusual find, researchers have discovered shreds of paper bearing legible printing that somehow survived three centuries underwater on the sunken vessel. And after more than a year of research that ranged as far as Scotland, they managed to identify them as fragments of a book about nautical voyages published in the early 1700s.
Conservators for Blackbeard’s ship the Queen Anne’s Revenge found the 16 fragments of paper inside the chamber of a cannon, with the largest piece being the size of a quarter.
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