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Real Pirates: The Untold Story of the Whydah from Slave Ship to Pirate Ship

  • Date
    March 8, 2013 – September 2, 2013
  • Time 10:00 a.m.
  • Location Washington, D.C.
  • Price Exhibition included in Museum Admission; Adults - $11; Members/Military/Seniors (Over 62)/Students/Groups (25+) - $9; Children (Ages 5-12) - $7; Local School & Youth Groups (18 and Under) - Free

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Photo: Real Pirates

Logo by Alan Parente

Photo: Pirate Treasure

Discover the perils and privileges of 18th-century pirate life as you explore artifacts recovered from the Whydah—the first authenticated pirate ship found in U.S. waters.

One of the most technologically advanced vessels of her day, the Whydah was built and launched as a slave ship and captured on her maiden voyage across the Atlantic by legendary pirate Sam Bellamy and his crew. After a few alterations and a quick hoist of the Jolly Roger, the Whydah became the flagship of Bellamy’s flotilla, leading raids throughout Caribbean waters and up the Atlantic coastline.

Then on April 26, 1717, the perfect storm sank the Whydah with most of her crew aboard—as well as the bounty from more than 50 captured ships. Almost 300 years later, underwater explorer Barry Clifford and his team managed to locate the wreck of the Whydah and painstakingly unearthed her treasures from the ocean floor.

In “Real Pirates: The Untold Story of the Whydah from Slave Ship to Pirate Ship,” dive into the wreck of the Whydah to discover the true stories of Captain Bellamy and his crew through fascinating artifacts in the world’s first exhibition of authentic pirate treasure!

Touch real pirate treasure and marvel at gold and silver coins from all over the world, cannons, and discover the advanced technology that revealed these treasures to the modern world.

Audio Tours available $5

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