The Whydah

The Whydah

A Pirate Ship Feared, Wrecked, and Found

Book - 2017 | First edition
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Describes what happened when a slave ship packed with plunder was captured by pirates in 1717 then sunk by a brutal storm. Tells the story of the 1984 expedition to locate the wreck and what was uncovered.
Publisher: Somerville, Massachusetts : Candlewick Press, 2017
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780763680336
Branch Call Number: J 910.45 SA569W 2017
Characteristics: 170 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm


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Dec 18, 2018

The Whydah follows the story of the famous pirate ship: from its origins as a slaver to its use as a flagship for Black Sam Bellamy and its eventual sinking and rediscovery off the coast of Cape Cod. It also covers the history of Black Sam Bellamy from his origin as a pirate to his eventual demise. Fans of pirates, American history, and 18th century ships will be drawn into the fascinating history surrounding the ship and crew. Only complaint with the book is that it would have a page or three of interesting information in the middle of a sentence. You would be in the middle of a sentence, turn the page, and be reading a completely new section about the Articles of Agreement (pirate code). Once finished, the original sentence would continue as if there hadn’t been a three page essay in the middle. Otherwise, excellent read for teens and up, plus anyone younger who might have an interest in pirate ships

ArapahoeKati Dec 26, 2017

Perfect for readers who love history, mystery and a good pirate yarn. I especially loved reading about the discovery of the wreck.

Apr 24, 2017

A captivating and informative account of the pirate ship 'The Whydah' and its colorful history, initially as a slave ship prior to being captured by pirate Sam Bellamy and commandeered for use as the flagship of his fleet, eventually sinking in 1717 off the treacherous coast of Cape Cod and then, finally in recent years, discovered and excavated from its watery grave to the delight of archaeologists, historians and local shipwreck enthusiasts alike.

A great choice for middle-schoolers and up, particularly for children with an already solid interest in history, pirates or shipwrecks. The narrative is sprinkled with interesting asides about pirates and pirate life, alternately confirming and disputing pirate legend. Bonus: gorgeous and eye-catching dust jacket design.


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Dec 18, 2018

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