The vessel ran aground in Beaufort, in what was then the colony of North Carolina, in June Tens of thousands of artifacts have been recovered since Florida-based research firm Intersal Inc. The fragments eventually were determined to be from a first edition of a book by Capt. And when Blackbeard captured a ship called the Margaret in December , the list of items taken from the ship included books, Farrell said. The chamber in which they were found was a separate piece of a breech-loading swivel gun that was likely kept on the top deck because it was used as an anti-personnel weapon, Farrell said. That mass was removed easily enough, but prying the fragments from the fabric was more tedious and time-consuming, he said. But one word, Hilo, stood out because it was both capitalized and in italics, said Kimberly Kenyon, also a conservator at the lab. And after more than a year of research that ranged as far as Scotland, they managed to identify them as fragments of a book about nautical voyages published in the early s.
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