"Yes, Sir. All Was in Arms:" An Account of the Small Arms Discovered on the Wreck of Queen Anne’s Revenge (1718)

Summary

Until recently, weapons from Blackbeard’s Queen Anne’s Revenge (31CR314) were primarily represented by large artillery: the ubiquitous twenty-nine cast iron cannon found on the wreck to date. The only trace of small firearms has consisted of isolated gunlocks, flints, and the occasional copper alloy fittings, such as side plates, trigger guards, and a lone musketoon barrel. X-radiography, however, has now revealed additional evidence. Five articulated small arms and additional disarticulated components have been identified within concretions from the shipwreck. These new finds will be highlighted, and firearm production and availability in the late 17th and early 18th centuries will also be reviewed, in hopes of

understanding and contextualizing the small arms found on Queen Anne’s Revenge.

Cite this Record

"Yes, Sir. All Was in Arms:" An Account of the Small Arms Discovered on the Wreck of Queen Anne’s Revenge (1718). J Myron Rolston, Kimberly P Kenyon, Teresa E Williams. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Albuquerque, NM. 2018 ( tDAR id: 441729)

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Spatial Coverage

min long: -129.199; min lat: 24.495 ; max long: -66.973; max lat: 49.359 ;

Record Identifiers

PaperId(s): 305