An exhibition at the N.C. Transportation Museum revolving around findings recovered from the Queen Anne’s Revenge has come and gone, but I have a report and pictures to show off for you, the reader.
The showcase was a one room affair. Specifically, one big room with a small sub room connected to it solely intended to create a different atmosphere apart from the main exhibition. That was where they had a cannon coated with sea life displayed. If it weren’t for the mannequins in pirate garb and an interactive corner for kids to dress up as one, I would have used words such as “sparse” and “austere” to describe the show. There were rusty remains of ship equipment, rope knots, and explanations behind their use. Behind glass, there were displays of pipes, each having a different design. One pipe had a Classical profile, another had a dancing figure, and another had simple patterns. I don’t know whether each of these pipes were created out of commission, normal purchase, or just stolen (This was an exhibition on pirates you know), they obviously meant to make a statement about the owner and their tastes.
Other functional artworks displayed were glassware and pottery (Click until you see a bigger photo).
Whether you enjoy the pleasant blue and white designs of Westerwald steins or the unexpectedly elegant Jamestown glass, these showed the various ways to drink your favorite beverage. I don’t remember the reason behind the showcase, but I did notice that these works came before Blackbeard took control of the Queen.
More art came from photographic reproductions (probably too delicate to be transported and displayed.) of bottles.
By the way, I didn’t properly photograph this, but check out the Fleur-de-Lys design found on this presentation of a cannon taken out of the sea by the people researching the Queen Anne’s Revenge.