ship is a very important pirate ship. The Whydah
ship was the only authentic pirate shipwreck ever discovered, out of all
the pirate ships that sailed the seas. TheWhydah
had 18 cannons and
the galleon weighed 300 tons.
Captain Bellamy first saw the Whydah
Windward passage between Cuba andPuerto Rico. He chased the ship for 3
days before Bellamy captured the ship Wyhdah
near the Bahamas and
the pirate group headed north. The ship went down when it was caught on
a sand bank in a very bad storm near Cape Cod. Only 2 men survived. They
went to the nearest house and soon the entire community was out salvaging
what they could from the wreck. The ship was broken up by breakers after
Underwater explorer Barry Clifford researched for
years before starting eletronic surveys for the wreck in 1982.
He found artifacts from the ship in 1984 in 25 feet of water with
18 feet of sand on top of the wreck. When they started digging in the 18 feet
of sand, their first hole found several cannons, a coin with a date of 1684
and other items. In the first diving expedition after finding the wreckage,
the divers on the Whydah
netted 1,000 silver and gold coins, gold
bars, dozens of peices of jewerlry, and other artifacts. After 6 summers
of searching the best find was a bronze bell with the ship's name on it so
it was finally authenticated as the Whydah
Once the treasure was found, the state of Massachusetts
wanted to take control of all the items on the Whydah
3 years in a court battle Barry Clifford finally won the rights to the treasure.
They found pistols, cannons, and coins from the Whydah under water. The guns
were pistols, flintlock muskets. They have also found hand grenades. They
have been searching the site of the wreck every summer possible since 1984.
They used a proton precesion magnetometer to find the
original wreck, nowadays they use a cesium magnetometer. Because they have
better equipment now, they continue to find more artifacts at the site.