Blackbeard's (?) Pirate ship finally to be excavated

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State-sponsored divers kicked off an intensive underwater search for booty Wednesday, more than a decade after shipwreck researchers discovered the ruins of Blackbeard's flagship off the N.C. coast.

Mike Daniel, leader of the crew that found Queen Anne's Revenge, said the pace of the excavation is only now picking up despite his years of pressuring the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources to do what he called "serious expeditions."

"It's been 10 years since I've found it, and they've worked about a total of 50 days," he said. "For all the bruises I've taken for being their bad guy, it's finally taking off."

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