Bellamy was the wealthiest pirate in recorded history after capturing at least 53 ships before his death at the age of 28 during the Whydah
was built as a slave ship in 1716 and captured in February 1717 by pirate captain "Black Sam'' Bellamy.
Real Pirates" personally relates to patrons by sharing the stories of four members of the Whydah
crew--people who ended up on the same pirate ship for very different reasons--such as John King, the youngest-known pirate onboard; he was believed to be under 11 years old at the time of the shipwreck.
For example, the treasure hunters located the Whydah
from a historic marker placed on the beach where coins washed ashore.
5 miles) HMS Edinburgh 72N, 35E 245-300 meters (803-984 feet) Whydah
Galley 41 N, 70W 15 m (49 ft) SS Yongala 19S, 147E 14-28 m (46-92 ft) Grecian 45N, 83W 32 m (105 ft) Ship History RMS Titanic Passenger ship; sank 1912 HMS Edinburgh British warship, WWII; sank 1942 Whydah
Galley Pirate ship (former slave ship); sank 1717 SS Yongala Passenger ship.
For its documentary "Real Pirates: The Untold Story of the Whydah
From Slave Ship to Pirate Ship," National Geographic asked a team of imaging specialists at Canon U.
Now, nearly 300 years since the Whydah
sank, a team of divers is hoping to salvage the ill-gotten booty - hundreds of bags of coins, ingots, jewels and ivory stored in wooden chests between the vessel's decks - live in front of millions of viewers.
But trade in Whydah
had been severely disrupted, if nor halted, after the kingdom had been attacked by the inland kingdom of Dahomey.
59) See Mullen, supra note 8 (noting the recent fervor of treasure hunters who are aided by ever increasing technology); see also Wendy Williams, Barry Clifford: The Treasure Hunter Who Discovered the Pirate Ship Whydah
Says He Has Recovered a Piece of Wood from the Boston Tea Party, OFFSHORE, Apr.
Until archeologists began excavating the Whydah
(pronounced WID-da), named after the African ``widow bird,'' or the African port of the same name, there was little evidence available to show how the pirates lived.
Take a big step back into history to the days of swash-buckling buccaneers, British West Indies trade routes, and free-wheeling piracy on the open seas and capture the excitement of being associated with the security and protection of what archaeologists say is the only documented and excavated sunken pirate ship in the world, The Whydah
Pirate Ship Expedition.
It was on the ship Whydah
discovered, along with its treasure, off Massachusetts by adventurer Barry Clifford.