Center for Coastal Studies Lecture Looks at Whydah Wreck

Whydah coins hand copyPROVINCETOWN – On the night of April 26, 1717 the pirate ship Whydah, captained by Black Sam Bellamy, wrecked in a nor’easter off Marconi Beach in Wellfleet.

The ship broke apart within hours; most of the hull and rigging washed up along the Outer Beach, but the many of the items on board sank into the sandy seafloor, where they remained for the next 270 years.

The wreck site was discovered in 1984 by a team lead by Barry Clifford, and over the last three decades hundreds of thousands of unique artifacts have been recovered and conserved.

These items have fascinating tales to tell, not only about life aboard an 18th century pirate ship, but also about the individual men in Bellamy’s crew.

Chris Macort, historian and Director of the Whydah Museum in Provincetown, has worked with the Whydah collection since 1997 and has travelled the world in search of the real history of the pirates.

He has also appeared in a number of documentaries for the BBC, History and Discovery Channels.

The presentation takes place on April 27 at 7 p.m. at Napi’s Restaurant in Provincetown.

The event is part of the Center for Coastal Studies’ Lecture Series.

Participants are encouraged to arrive at 5 p.m. and enjoy Napi’s special early bird dinner.

On May 25, the Center for Coastal Studies present “Climate Change and the Paris Climate Agreement” on May 25, which will be presented by President and CEO Richard Delaney.

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