Artifacts From Sunken Pirate Ship Whydah To Be Displayed In Portland This Summer
The pirates that looted over 50 ships stashed their bounty in the Whydah, and everything was fine until it all sank in a storm off the coast of Cape Cod 300 years ago this month!
The wreckage was discovered in 1984 by explorer Barry Clifford buried in ten to fifty feet of sand four miles offshore of Wellfleet, Massachusetts, and it took almost thirty years to painstakingly to bring up all of the 18th century artifacts. Stuff like cannons, swords, pistols, and treasure chests filled with gold and jewelry!
Soon you'll be able to see 150 items that once resided on the pirate ship Whydah, when the Portland Science Center hosts Real Pirates - An Exhibition from National Geographic!
Within the 7000 square foot interactive exhibit, you'll discover what it was like to be pirate Captain Samuel "Black Sam" Bellamy back in the 1700s as he and his crew of marauders terrorized ships up and down the east coast of America. You'll see the tools that they used and the loot that they took, until the ship sank killing 146 of the 148 pirates on board during a Nor'easter, April 26th, 1717.
Tickets are now on sale for this interesting exhibit, and more information can be found on the Portland Science Center's website!