Finding Actual Pirate Treasure

A Lecture by Barry Clifford

The real pirate life was exciting and dangerous, but also democratic and egalitarian. The Whydah reveals the true story behind piracy and those who lived aboard-a story more compelling than anything Hollywood could dream up.

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West African jewelry, buttons, buckles-and, of course pirate treasure: gold, silver, and pieces of eight.

The real pirate life was exciting and dangerous, but also democratic and egalitarian.  The Whydah reveals the true story behind piracy and those who lived aboard-a story more compelling than anything Hollywood could dream up.

 The Whydah left Africa in 1716, bearing the weight of human cargo. Reaching Caribbean waters, the ship was seized by Sam Bellamy, commander of a growing fleet of pirate ships. After a season as a pirate ship, the Whydah, with Bellamy aboard, was caught in a nor’easter off  the coast of Cape Cod in 1717, and sank. 

In 1984 she was discovered by intrepid diver Barry Clifford and his team, who have braved Cape Cod’s icy waters for years recovering artifacts from the Whydah, including cannon and pistols, navigational equipment, West African jewelry, buttons, buckles-and, of course pirate treasure: gold, silver, and pieces of eight.

The real pirate life was exciting and dangerous, but also democratic and egalitarian.  The Whydah reveals the true story behind piracy and those who lived aboard-a story more compelling than anything Hollywood could dream up.

 

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