Visitors admire real artifacts recovered from Cape Cod’s legendary pirate shipwreck Whydah
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About Whydah Pirate Museum
After years of searching, underwater explorer Barry Clifford discovered the find of a lifetime in 1984. Buried under 20 feet of sand and ocean debris were the preserved remains of a 300-year-old, real-life pirate ship: The Whydah. Foundered by an unforgiving nor'easter, the ship redirected course to Davey Jones' Locker, taking a literal bounty of treasure with it.
Today, at the 12,000-square-foot Whydah Pirate Museum, folks can feast their landlubbing eyes on gold doubloons, sword hilts, and pistols that were once shot by actual pirates. They'll also hear tell of the fateful voyage of The Whydah's Captain Samuel Bellamy, learning why he chose to head into the storm rather than correct course or ride a passing albatross to safety.