The Whydah

The Whydah

A Pirate Ship Feared, Wrecked, and Found

Book - 2017 | First edition.
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A 2018 YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults Finalist

The exciting true story of the captaincy, wreck, and discovery of the Whydah -- the only pirate ship ever found -- and the incredible mysteries it revealed.

The 1650s to the 1730s marked the golden age of piracy, when fearsome pirates like Blackbeard ruled the waves, seeking not only treasure but also large and fast ships to carry it. The Whydah was just such a ship, built to ply the Triangular Trade route, which it did until one of the greediest pirates of all, Black Sam Bellamy, commandeered it. Filling the ship to capacity with treasure, Bellamy hoped to retire with his bounty -- but in 1717 the ship sank in a storm off Cape Cod. For more than two hundred years, the wreck of the Whydah (and the riches that went down with it) eluded treasure seekers, until the ship was finally found in 1984 by marine archaeologists. The artifacts brought up from the ocean floor are priceless, both in value and in the picture they reveal of life in that much-mythologized era, changing much of what we know about pirates.
Publisher: Somerville, MA : Candlewick Press, [2017]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780763680336
Branch Call Number: J 910.45 San
Characteristics: 170 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm


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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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