Whydah Pirate Shipwreck Museum has the world’s premier display of pirate treasure and related artifacts. Cape Cod Life Magazine readers voted it “Best Museum”. It is estimated the shipwreck contained 4.5 tons of gold and silver from 50 plundered ships.
After many years of research Barry Clifford located and salvaged the Whydah wreck off Wellfleet MA. Crucial to discovery was a 1717 map of the wreck site by salvager and cartographer Captain Cyprian Southack. This real treasure map was used to find the downed ship after being lost for 260 years. They were amazed to find the wreck under only 14 feet of water and 5 feet of sand.
The wreck was authenticated once the ship’s bell, inscribed with “THE WHYDAH GALLY 1716” was found, giving the search validation. Since discovery over 200,000 artifacts have been revealed. Continued work at the underwater site on an annual basis is being done by Clifford’s dive team, which has uncovered 10,000 valuable coins and other items.
16 Macmillan Wharf in Provincetown, Massachusetts
10:00 AM to 5:00 PM daily – April 15 to October 31
Adult admission is $10.00 with reduced rates for seniors and children
Whydah Gally was a heavily armed trading and transport ship built in 1715 as a slave ship for Atlantic slave trade. During the return of its second voyage the pirate Captain “Black Sam” Bellamy captured the Whydah Gally. Then it was refitted with 10 more cannons as his flagship with 26-gun galley Sultana and converted 10-gun sloop Mary Anne.
Two months after acquiring his new flagship they were hit with a fierce storm in 1717 off Cape Cod running aground off Wellfleet MA. As a result 143 of the crew died in the wreck with loss of the ships precious cargo of gold and silver. There were only two survivors from the Whydah and seven of the crew from the sloop Mary Anne. All survivors were quickly captured and six were tried for piracy and robbery in Boston. They were convicted and sentenced to death by hanging.
Provincetown is a town at the tip of Cape Cod with a year round population of 3,000. Summer it is a vacation destination with population increases up to 60,000. It is 45 miles southeast of Boston by air or sea and 115 miles by car. The Native Nauset Indian tribe originally occupied Provincetown. The governor of the Plymouth colony purchased land from Chief of the Nausets in 1654 for two brass kettles, six coats, 12 hoes, 12 axes, and 12 knives.
Whydah Pirate Shipwreck Museum is nearly a 8 hour drive of 500 miles from Rochester NY. Drive I-90 direct to Boston, MA, and take a ferry to Provincetown, Massachusetts. Land lovers may drive 115 miles from Boston to Provincetown on route 3.
One visitor made the following comment.
“A great find for treasure seekers and tourists alike!”