Finding a Pirate Ship off Cape Cod – The Whydah
Bob Cembrola, exhibits manager at the Naval War College Museum (Newport, RI) will tell the story of the first documented pirate vessel ever discovered.
In April 1717, "Black Sam Bellamy" and his crew, sank in a violent storm on Cape Cod. This set off a mad rush of locals combing the beach for treasure as well as government sanctioned attempts to recover some of the ill-gotten treasures known to be on the Whydah. In 1982, a Cape Cod diver was granted a permit from the state of Massachusetts to search for the remains of the Whydah. What ensued was a modern day undersea gold rush with competing groups seeking the elusive pirate treasure.
The recovery of hundreds of thousands of artifacts revealed what pirate life was actually like versus the romantic Hollywood version too often portrayed. This program will depict the early years of the search when it seemed the treasure would forever remain buried under the shifting sands to the eventual discovery of the Whydah treasures.
This free program is sponsored by The Rockland Memorial Library Foundation, Inc. is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization that raises funds to supplement municipal support for library services through membership dues and fundraisers.