See artifacts from Blackbeard’s ship at Roanoke Island Festival Park

A coin recovered from Blackbeard's ship, the Queen Anne's Revenge. [Photo courtesy N.C. Department of Cultural and Natural Resources]

Weaponry, nautical tools and personal items recovered from Blackbeard’s ship, the Queen Anne’s Revenge, are on display at Roanoke Island Festival Park in Manteo through May 31.

The Queen Anne’s Revenge ran aground near Beaufort in May 1718, six months before Blackbeard was killed in a battle with British forces on Ocracoke.

The shipwreck was discovered in 1996 and eventually confirmed as Blackbeard’s Queen Anne’s Revenge.

Over the last several years, artifacts from the ship have been raised from the depths of the ocean and are now traveling the state, on loan from the N.C. Maritime Museum in Beaufort.

Items found on the Revenge range from items one would expect on a pirate ship — cannonballs, lead shot, gun flint, spikes and grinding stones — while others represent normal life in the 19th century, such as dinner plates, a pipe stem and bowl, thumb screws and cask hoops.

The public is invited to view the free exhibit in the ticket sales gallery at Roanoke Island Festival Park Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays noon to 5 p.m.