Real Pirates

 The Untold Story of the Whydah from Slave Ship to Pirate Ship




The classical age of piracy was brought to life in Real Pirates!

Real Pirates told the true story of the Whydah – a pirate ship that sank off the coast of Cape Cod nearly 300 years ago. The exhibition featured treasure chests filled with coins from all over the world, including authentic coins that visitors could touch, pirate dress items, daily objects used aboard the ship, jewelry and technically advanced weaponry of the time – 18th century cannon, pistols and swords. These artifacts were painstakingly recovered from the ocean floor by underwater explorer Barry Clifford and his team over the past two and a half decades.  One of the most striking artifacts was a replica of the ship’s bell, inscribed “Whydah Galley 1716,” which was used to authenticate the shipwreck site as that of the Whydah.

Real Pirates was a touring exhibition organized by National Geographic and Premier Exhibitions, Inc.

Exhibition highlights:

  • After looting more than 50 ships, the Whydah sank off the coast of Cape Cod in a violent storm nearly 300 years ago
  • Real Pirates had authentic chests of coins, jewelry, cannons, pistols and a replica of the actual ship that visitors can board
  • Real Pirates provided visitors with the history and context of the economic, social and political circumstances of the early 18th Century
  • The exhibition was enjoyable for both kids and adults

This exhibit was on display October 18, 2014 – April 19, 2015.