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July 08, 2013

A Sword From Blackbeard’s Ship

Long-time scuba diver Rick Allen makes his living as an underwater photographer. Two years ago, he lost his arm in an accident and vowed that it would not stop him from recovering the pirate Blackbeard's ship from the bottom of the ocean. He was fitted with a prosthethesis that would allow him to continue to scuba dive, and carry heavy equipment underwater. A week and a half ago, he and his crew recovered a cannon and part of a sword. The sword hilt is so fancy; some speculate it may have belonged to Blackbeard himself. 

See Rick’s footage from the Queen Anne’s Revenge.


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