The jolly good life of a pirate was not a jolly healthy one, what with the syphilis and scurvy and ship-raiding. Archeologists excavating Blackbeard's flagship off the coast of North Carolina have unveiled their latest findings: a cache of medical instruments that include this rather horrifying urethral syringe.
Looking like something straight off of Davy Jones' ship in the Pirates of the Caribbean, five cannons saw air for the very first time in almost 300 years yesterday as they were lifted from what's believed to be legendary pirate Blackbeard's sunken ship.
After resting at the bottom of the Atlantic ocean for nearly 300 years, a pair of cannons from Blackbeard's Queen Anne's Revenge have been lifted to the surface.
Blackbeard, who is almost certainly history's most infamous pirate, is a figure shrouded in myths and wild rumors. Now archaeological excavations into his sunken flagship is revealing that the historical Blackbeard was far scarier than any legend ever could be.
What you're seeing is the 3,000 pound anchor from Blackbeard's flagship, the Queen Anne's Revenge, being raised off the coast of North Carolina. The wreck was found a few years back, but discoveries are still being made. Even swords.
Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides is Disney's desperate attempt to throw off all the baggage of the previous sequels and get back to the simple pleasures of a half-mad swashbuckling Johnny Depp. And this time, there's mermaids!
The odd mess in this photo is a copper-alloy sword guard discovered in a shipwreck which is believed to be Queen Anne's Revenge. Yes, that was the name of Pirate Blackbeard's ship—and yes, this could be his sword.