John Masters, Chairman of the Board for Intersal, Inc. and son of its late founder Philip Masters, spent years helping his father research and hunt for shipwrecks at Beaufort Inlet, NC, which resulted in the 1996 discovery of Queen Anne`s Revenge (QAR), 1718 Flagship of Blackbeard the Pirate.
Intersal traded QAR salvage rights to the state of North Carolina in 1998 in return for media & replica rights to QAR, as well as other rights connectd to the search for El Salvador, and for years has helped the NC Underwater Archeology Branch recover the wreck. Mr. Masters has given several talks on Intersal’s work, with his presentation focused on the current excavation and Intersal`s hunt for QAR, the lives of real pirates in the 18h Century, and the visits of Blackbeard and other pirates to the Treasure Coast.
QAR was located by Intersal near Beaufort Inlet, NC. Intersal`s former director of operations Mike Daniel, who used historical research provided by Intersal`s late president Phil Masters, was in command on the day of discovery. After recovery and storage is accomplished, artifacts will undergo a lengthy process of cleaning, stabilization, and analysis that will culminate in their public display and interpretation. The North Carolina Maritime Museum is designated as the primary exhibition facility for the QAR collection.
Educated in History (and Music) at the University of Florida, Mr. Masters has been working closely with State of NC officials and archaeologists on the recovery of QAR since 1997. Mr. Masters became Intersal Director of Operations in 1999, and in 2012 became Intersal’s Chairman of the Board.