The Whydah: A Pirate Ship Feared, Wrecked, and Found

The Whydah: A Pirate Ship Feared, Wrecked, and Found

by Martin W. Sandler


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A 2018 YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults Finalist

The exciting true story of the captaincy, wreck, and discovery of the Whydah — the only pirate ship ever found — and the incredible mysteries it revealed.

The 1650s to the 1730s marked the golden age of piracy, when fearsome pirates like Blackbeard ruled the waves, seeking not only treasure but also large and fast ships to carry it. The Whydah was just such a ship, built to ply the Triangular Trade route, which it did until one of the greediest pirates of all, Black Sam Bellamy, commandeered it. Filling the ship to capacity with treasure, Bellamy hoped to retire with his bounty — but in 1717 the ship sank in a storm off Cape Cod. For more than two hundred years, the wreck of the Whydah (and the riches that went down with it) eluded treasure seekers, until the ship was finally found in 1984 by marine archaeologists. The artifacts brought up from the ocean floor are priceless, both in value and in the picture they reveal of life in that much-mythologized era, changing much of what we know about pirates.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781536206319
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Publication date: 03/12/2019
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 176
Sales rank: 350,405
Product dimensions: 8.80(w) x 7.00(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range: 10 - 14 Years

About the Author

Martin W. Sandler has written more than seventy books for children and adults, including The Impossible Rescue: The True Story of an Amazing Arctic Adventure and Iron Rails, Iron Men, and the Race to Link the Nation: The Story of the Transcontinental Railroad. Martin Sandler is known for bringing history to dynamic life with his narrative nonfiction. He lives with his wife on Cape Cod.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Chapter 1 The Slave Ship Whydah 3

Chapter 2 A New Pirate King 11

Chapter 3 Bigger Ships, Bigger Prizes 29

Chapter 4 The Pirate Ship Whydah 39

Chapter 5 The Whydah Rules the Waves 50

Chapter 6 The Wreck of the Whydah 62

Chapter 7 The Survivors 76

Chapter 8 The Adventures of Cyprian Southack 92

Chapter 9 Legends 105

Chapter 10 The Search for the Whydah 113

Chapter 11 Victory at Last 129

Chapter 12 What the Artifacts Tell Us 146

Source Notes 160

Bibliography 165

Photography Credits 167

Acknowledgments 167

Index 168

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