The exciting true story of the captaincy, wreck, and discovery of the Whydah — the only pirate ship ever found — and the incredible mysteries it revealed.
The 1650s to the 1730s marked the golden age of piracy, when fearsome pirates like Blackbeard ruled the waves, seeking not only treasure but also large and fast ships to carry it. The Whydah was just such a ship, built to ply the Triangular Trade route, which it did until one of the greediest pirates of all, Black Sam Bellamy, commandeered it. Filling the ship to capacity with treasure, Bellamy hoped to retire with his bounty — but in 1717 the ship sank in a storm off Cape Cod. For more than two hundred years, the wreck of the Whydah (and the riches that went down with it) eluded treasure seekers, until the ship was finally found in 1984 by marine archaeologists. The artifacts brought up from the ocean floor are priceless, both in value and in the picture they reveal of life in that much-mythologized era, changing much of what we know about pirates.
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Table of Contents
Chapter 1 The Slave Ship Whydah 3
Chapter 2 A New Pirate King 11
Chapter 3 Bigger Ships, Bigger Prizes 29
Chapter 4 The Pirate Ship Whydah 39
Chapter 5 The Whydah Rules the Waves 50
Chapter 6 The Wreck of the Whydah 62
Chapter 7 The Survivors 76
Chapter 8 The Adventures of Cyprian Southack 92
Chapter 9 Legends 105
Chapter 10 The Search for the Whydah 113
Chapter 11 Victory at Last 129
Chapter 12 What the Artifacts Tell Us 146
Source Notes 160
Photography Credits 167
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I loved reading this as I just came back from a trip to the Cape and had visited the museum in W. Yarmouth and was intrigued... this book did not disappoint. Very interesting, indeed!
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