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Real Pirates

The Untold Story of the Whydah from Slave Ship to Pirate Ship

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About this Exhibition

From Captain Hook to Captain Jack Sparrow, the world has been fascinated with the legend of pirates for decades. “Real Pirates: The Untold Story of the Whydah from Slave Ship to Pirate Ship” tells the story of a slave ship turned pirate ship and the diverse people whose lives converged on the vessel. Sunk in a fierce storm off the coast of Cape Cod, Mass., in April 1717, the Whydah wreckage was found by underwater explorer Barry Clifford in 1984, becoming the first pirate ship discovered in North American waters to be authenticated and fully excavated.

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