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May 21, 2011  | by: Svenja van den Woldenberg

Queen Anne's Revenge

“Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” is set to sword fight its way to the top of the box office this weekend as researchers attempt to salvage the anchor of the real Queen Anne’s Revenge that was replicated for the movie.

Queen Anne’s Revenge was actually the ship that the infamous English pirate Blackbeard sailed the West Indies and the American East Coast during colonial times. It was a French slave ship before he stole it in 1717 and renamed it for his own purposes. Blackbeard, who’s real name was believed to be Edward Teach or Thatch, settled in Bath, North Carolina where he received a governor’s pardon for his actions.

Some experts say Blackbeard grew bored with normal life and returned to being a pirate. He was killed by volunteer soldiers in the British Royal Navy in 1718, five months after the ship Queen Anne’s Revenge was sunk. Researchers at the University of North Carolina-Wilmington and Cape Fear Community College are trying to pull the anchor of the 300 year old ship wreck up this weekend.

"Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides"

Queen Anne’s Revenge, along with Blackbeard, who was actually reported to wear fuses under his hat to frighten his enemies, were featured in the new chapter of “Pirates of the Caribbean,” which is set to gross anywhere between $95 to $120 million on opening weekend, according to the Los Angeles Times. But the movie’s biggest crowd is drawn from abroad, where it is set to match the more than $200 million premiere of “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End.”

And with Johnny Depp back in his iconic role of Captain Jack Sparrow and Penelope Cruz at his side playing his love interest Angelica, who could resist seeing this movie?

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