The Whydah pirates have arrived at The Museum of Idaho, May 8th through November 28th, with more than 1000 artifacts, including the only authentic pirate treasure ever discovered.
Visitors experience pirate life in the 18th century aboard the Whydah, slave ship turned pirate ship. The Whydah was the first fully-authenticated pirate shipwreck ever discovered and the only one in U.S. waters. One of the most technologically advanced vessels of her day, the Whydah was captured by legendary pirate Sam Bellamy and his crew in the early 1700s. It quickly became the flagship of Bellamy’s flotilla, leading raids throughout Caribbean waters and up the Atlantic coastline. On April 26, 1717, a fierce storm plummeted the Whydah, most of her crew, and the bounty from more than 50 captured ships, into the depths of Davey Jones’ Locker, where it remained for over 300 years. Real Pirates personally relates to visitors by sharing compelling true stories of the diverse people whose lives converged on the Whydah before it’s demise. From 11-year old John King, who was the youngest-known pirate on the ship, to the ship’s captain, Sam Bellamy, who was known as the “Prince of Pirates” and commonly-referred to as Black Sam, visitors get a rare opportunity to become part of this mysterious world.