Whydah Pirate Ship Caboose Unveiled to the Public

Pirate Ship Caboose Unveiled

Pirate Ship Caboose Unveiled
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YARMOUTH – The caboose that was on the Whydah Pirate Ship was unveiled for the first time to the public at an event at the Whydah Pirate Museum in Yarmouth on Tuesday.

The caboose was the iron stove of the Whydah and was discovered by Barry Clifford and his team of archeologists and divers in 2007.

“We put it in our laboratory and kept it under water,” said Clifford. “We’ve been keeping it there until we were able to open the proper museum and now that we’ve done that we’ve put it on display here where it will be going through various conservation and stay here permanently.”

The Whydah sank during an infamous storm off the coast of Cape Cod on April 26, 1717 and the caboose will become a part of the permanent collection at the Museum.

A layer of concretions which encapsulated the 3500-pound caboose included a pewter plate and a number of artifacts.

Author Henry David Thoreau mentioned the Whydah’s caboose in his book “Cape Cod” as he walked the beaches of Wellfleet looking for “coins” that had washed ashore from the shipwreck.

“It really adds another level to this, a poetic level, and ties it into the Cape in a way that we just have to preserve it,” said Clifford.

By JUSTIN SAUNDERS, CapeCod.com Newscenter

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