The Whydah

The Whydah

A Pirate Ship Feared, Wrecked, and Found

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Explore the exciting true story of the captaincy, wreck, and discovery of the Whydah the only pirate ship ever foundand the incredible mysteries it revealed.
Launched in 1716 to ply the Triangular Trade route, the Whydah was designed to be fast and to hold large amounts of cargo, both material and human. Captain Prince had completed the sale of slaves brought from Africa to the Caribbean and had turned the Whydah toward England laden with riches when his ship was overtaken by one of the most successful pirates of the time. Black Sam Bellamy sought not only fortune but a ship with a large capacity to carry it. He used the Whydah as his flagship and loaded it to the gunnels with loot from vessels plundered along the East Coast of America. But on a stormy night in 1717, the Whydah ran aground on a sandbar off Cape Cod and sank. Cape Codders salvaged what washed ashore. The governor of Massachusetts sent his best man to look for the rest -- but nothing could be found. It wasn't until 1984 that marine archaeologists found the wreck and its treasure of old and priceless artifacts, as well as a wealth of historical evidence that changed much of what we thought about pirates.
Publisher: [Somerville, Massachusetts] : Candlewick Press, [2017]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780763680336
Branch Call Number: j 910.45 S2178w 2017
Characteristics: 170 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm


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The true story of a shipwreck that happened in 1717 and the discovery of its remains (including priceless treasure!) in 1984.

YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults

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Dec 18, 2018

The Whydah follows the story of the famous pirate ship: from its origins as a slaver to its use as a flagship for Black Sam Bellamy and its eventual sinking and rediscovery off the coast of Cape Cod. It also covers the history of Black Sam Bellamy from his origin as a pirate to his eventual demise. Fans of pirates, American history, and 18th century ships will be drawn into the fascinating history surrounding the ship and crew. Only complaint with the book is that it would have a page or three of interesting information in the middle of a sentence. You would be in the middle of a sentence, turn the page, and be reading a completely new section about the Articles of Agreement (pirate code). Once finished, the original sentence would continue as if there hadn’t been a three page essay in the middle. Otherwise, excellent read for teens and up, plus anyone younger who might have an interest in pirate ships

ArapahoeKati Dec 26, 2017

Perfect for readers who love history, mystery and a good pirate yarn. I especially loved reading about the discovery of the wreck.

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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Dec 18, 2018

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