Sunday, Jan. 6, 2013
Captained by the infamous pirate Sam Bellamy, for years the Whydah terrorized the Atlantic coastline, raiding any ship that can within its range. That all changed when a massive storm sank the Whydah in 1717, along with its crew and the bounty from more than 50 ships they had seized. Centuries later, in 1984, an exploration team salvaged the ship and its treasures, many of which are on display in the Milwaukee Public Museum’s latest feature exhibition “Real Pirates.” The exhibit explores the history of 18th century Caribbean trade routes and the link between the slave trade and piracy. Highlights of the exhibit include pirate grenades, gaming tokens, a massive cannon and a mysterious gold ring.