While on vacation two years ago, Engineering Design Technology department head Jeff Levy and his family visited the North Carolina Maritime Museum in Beaufort. The featured exhibit was the reclamation and underwater archaeological excavation of the Queen Anne’s Revenge (QAR)
A private dive team from Intersal, Inc. discovered a number of artifacts/items on the seabed near the Beaufort Inlet and it was determined that this was the ship wreck of the pirate Black Beard and his flagship the Queen Anne’s Revenge.
After Levy had many conversations with the museum’s curator, Paul Fontenoy, they decided that a digital reconstruction of this ship needed to be done. New River was selected to undertake this project due to the extensive background of the college’s Engineering Design Technology program in working with large 3D modeling, rendering and animation projects.
This will be a two to three year project to completely reverse engineer all the drawings from the 1600s. It will entail creating 2D prints, 3D models of each individual piece of the ship, assemblies, animations and an interactive ship that will allow the museum’s patrons to navigate real time on a computer.