The Whydah

The Whydah

A Pirate Ship Feared, Wrecked, and Found

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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.
Publisher: Somerville, Massachusetts : Candlewick, 2017
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780763680336
0763680338
Branch Call Number: Ju 910.45 San

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Apr 24, 2017

A captivating and informative account of the pirate ship 'The Whydah' and its colorful history, initially as a slave ship prior to being captured by pirate Sam Bellamy and commandeered for use as the flagship of his fleet, eventually sinking in 1717 off the treacherous coast of Cape Cod and then, finally in recent years, discovered and excavated from its watery grave to the delight of archaeologists, historians and local shipwreck enthusiasts alike.

A great choice for middle-schoolers and up, particularly for children with an already solid interest in history, pirates or shipwrecks. The narrative is sprinkled with interesting asides about pirates and pirate life, alternately confirming and disputing pirate legend. Bonus: gorgeous and eye-catching dust jacket design.

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