Mysteries of the Whydah: DNA to Determine if Bone Remains Belong to Pirate Capt. Bellamy

A pirate’s tale may be told in the next few months when DNA experts determine the ownership of a section of femur bone found from the the sunken pirate ship Whydah. Barry Clifford, discoverer of the Whydah shipwreck, thinks it might belong to pirate Captain Samuel “Black Sam” Bellamy…forensic scientists will compare the bone’s DNA with theDNA from a bloodline descendant of Bellamy located in the United Kingdom by noted author Casey Sherman…discoveries from the Whydah are on display at the Whydah Pirate Museum in Yarmouth.

Mysteries of the Whydah: DNA to Determine if Bone Remains Belong to Pirate Capt. Bellamy

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Whydah discoverer Barry Clifford seeing the femur bone section for the first time.

By Spencer Kennard

As a child, spending summers in North Truro, I thought Cape Cod began at the Wellfleet Drive-In and ended at Provincetown. As a photographer, I now know that all the Cape towns leading to the canal have their own unique beauty and charm.

Roughly 30 years ago, I had the good fortune to work with the legendary photographer Dick Kelsey and as owner of Kelsey-Kennard have specialized in aerial photography as well as landscape/scenic, portraits, weddings, and photographing events on the Cape, the Islands, and beyond.

Photographs from our Gallery in Chatham are displayed in homes and businesses locally and world-wide.

Besides photography I also enjoy boating/ fishing (fish are usually very safe when I’m out there,) gardening and tennis. Cape Cod is a very special place and I look forward to sharing my images with you as I travel about.



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