Pirates of Cape Cod. The Whydah Pirate Ship Museum.

2 May

Before we visited the Whydah Pirate Museum in Yarmouth, Cape Cod, I was expecting something of a dramatised ” Walt Disney” romanticised experience. Although there were some creative models and replica the overall experience was based firmly on historical research and salvage finds. Recommended visit !

In the early 1980s, Barry Clifford and his team found the long documented wreck of a Pirate Ship, known as The Whydah, just off the coast of Cape Cod in only 20 feet of very cold water. Using a device to divert the blast from the propellors of their salvage vessel, they blew sand from the buried remnants of the wreck and began the long process of bringing ashore the cannon, the gold and silver bullion, the pewter plates, knives and forks and the weapons used by the pirates. When it sank in 1717 taking the lives of 146 onboard and leaving just two survivors to swim ashore, overloaded with stolen property it succombed to a massive storm and ran aground , breaking apart and shedding it’s cargo onto the sandbank just beneath the water.

Originally a slave ship and only a few years old, the timbers from the wreck washed ashore and were quickly taken by the residents of the nearby villages for use in buildings and so on. The bodies of the pirates and the 16 captives were stripped of clothing , rings and any belongings too.

Barry Clifford

 

 

see   https://www.discoverpirates.com/             

The staff at the museum were very well informed indeed and there were masses of interesting and captivating historical information and exhibits to enjoy. Even better than the Plimoth Plantation. see below.

 

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