The Whydah

The Whydah

A Pirate Ship Feared, Wrecked, and Found

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Describes what happened when a slave ship packed with plunder was captured by pirates in 1717 then sunk by a brutal storm. Tells the story of the 1984 expedition to locate the wreck and what was uncovered.
Publisher: Somerville, Massachusetts : Candlewick Press, 2017
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780763680336
0763680338
Characteristics: 170 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm

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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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