In the fall of 2013 five cannons emerged from the wreck of Queen Anne’s Revenge, pirate Blackbeard’s 18th-century flagship. The cannons that once fired six-pound cannonballs were raised from the depths of the Beaufort Inlet in North Carolina. The crew of Coast Guard Cutter Smilax lifted the nearly one-ton cannons using both flotation bags and a crane. The cannons join over 280,000 artifacts from the pirate vessel at the Queen Anne’s Revenge exhibit in Beaufort.
A day dock at the upcoming Beaufort Downtown Marina is getting closer as a result of the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources grant increase to the city of more than four times the original gift. With the federal government matching the grant at a 3:1 ratio, the project is much more affordable. Situated against the existing seawall, the day dock would accommodate 250 boats and be supplemented by a mooring field in the harbor.
Along with the dredging of the Harbour Town Yacht Basin in Hilton Head, South Carolina, several additional improvements are under way, including electrical upgrades, dock replacement and bulkhead repairs. A new clubhouse and learning center for two PGA golf courses will be completed soon, and a Sea Pines Beach Club will open this summer. Leading up to the Sea Pines Resort will be 8.5 feet of water at mean low tide in the channel and the basin.