Blackbeard was a real pirate, and his ship Queen Anne's Revenge was found off the coast of North Carolina in 1996. Archaeologists have recovered more than a dozen cannons from the wreckage, along with gun flints, shackles, and other pirate-y artifacts.
National Geographic Museum, Washington Displays and programs will pique the interest of children 12 and up. The exhibition "Real Pirates" tells the tale of a real pirate ship, the Whydah, which began as a slave ship. events.nationalgeographic.com/events/national-geographic-museum, 202-857-7588 http://www.baltimoresun.com/features/maryland-family/now/bal-bs-ph-mg-mf-100-best-kidsa-20130408-photo.html
The Whydah is the only pirate ship that's ever been found. Even more significant, the Whydah was the flagship of “Black Sam” Bellamy, a famous pirate captain. Discovered by Barry Clifford in 1984, its treasures are still being recovered.More than 200K artifacts (cannons, coins, gold jewelry, the ship’s bell have been brought to the surface. Since'07, a selection of the artifacts has been on show in a travelling exhibition ("THE REAL PIRATES") sponsored by The Natl Geo. Society. --Listverse