A touring exhibit exploring early 18th-century piracy will make its debut at the Manitoba Museum in Winnipeg later this month.
“Real Pirates: The Untold Story of the Whydah from Slave Ship to Pirate Ship” will open October 17 and include more than 200 artifacts recovered from the ocean floor.
“Discovering the Whydah was the most exciting moment in my career,” said underwater explorer Barry Clifford. “The sheer volume of artifacts the Whydah carried, from more than 50 other ships captured by the pirate captain Sam Bellamy and his men, provides a rare window into the otherwise mysterious world of 18th-century pirates.”
Clifford located the Whydah in 1984 and has devoted most of his adult life to deep sea exploration. He recently made headlines for discovering the remains of Columbus’ Santa Maria ship off of the coast of Haiti.
The exhibit is being organized by the National Geographic and Premier Exhibitions, Inc.