January 11th, 2011 11:19 EST
Treasure Coast history: Discovery of Blackbeard`s Queen Anne`s Revenge
The Maritime Resources Council starts off its 2011 Lunch & Lecture series with an exciting speaker and topic relevant to Treasure Coast history. John Masters will present his exciting PowerPoint program entitled Discovery of Blackbeard`s Queen Anne`s Revenge on Tuesday, January 11, 2011 " 11:45 am at the Lagoon House on US 1 in Melbourne. The program is free and open to the public.
John Masters, Director of Operations for Intersal, Inc. and son of its late founder Philip Masters, spent years helping his father research and hunt for shipwrecks at Beaufort Inlet, NC, which resulted in the 1996 discovery of Queen Anne`s Revenge (QAR), 1718 Flagship of Blackbeard the Pirate.
Intersal donated QAR salvage rights to the state of North Carolina in 1998, and for the last dozen years has helped the NC Underwater Archeology Branch recover the wreck. His presentation will focus on the current excavation and Intersal`s hunt for QAR, the lives of real pirates in the 18th Century, and the visits of Blackbeard and other pirates to the Treasure Coast.
QAR was located near Beaufort Inlet, NC by Intersal`s former director of operations Mike Daniel, who used historical research provided by Intersal`s late president Phil Masters. Daniel now heads up Maritime Research Institute, the non-profit corporation formed to work on the project in cooperation with State archaeologists and historians of the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resource, Division of Archives and History. After recovery and storage is accomplished, artifacts will undergo a lengthy process of cleaning, stabilization, and analysis that will culminate in their public display and interpretation. The North Carolina Maritime Museum is designated as the primary exhibition facility for the QAR collection.
Educated in History (and Music) at the University of Florida, Mr. Masters has been working closely with State of NC officials and archaeologists on the recovery of QAR for almost 15 years. Mr. Masters became Intersal Director of Operations in 1999, and is Project Manager of Intersal`s search for El Salvador, a 1750 Spanish merchant vessel lost near Beaufort Inlet. He presently resides in Gainesville, Florida.
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