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Real Pirates: The Untold Story of the Whydah from Slave Ship to Pirate Ship

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ST. PAUL (WCCO) — Five years of hard work has finally brought pirates to the Science Museum of Minnesota.

The exhibit — Real Pirates: The Untold Story of the Whydah from Slave Ship to Pirate Ship — takes us back 300 years to tell the story of a real sunken pirate ship.

The Whydah sailed the seas as a slave ship before it was captured by infamous pirate Sam Bellamy in the early 1700s. It flourished in the golden age of piracy until it sunk in a storm in 1717.

“That pirate ship became something of a legend until the explorer Barry Clifford actually went out and found it off the coast of Cape Cod,” said Mike Day, senior vice president of the Science Museum.

He spent decades recovering and conserving the artifacts.

“These are things that they used.  People were using these very items,” said Clifford.

You’ll see more than 200 artifacts, such as muskets, swords, and cannons.

“These are not pirate movie fantasy pirates,” said Day. “This is the real pirate story, the real pirate artifacts, and so you’re really going to learn the history of this period.”

The exhibit also gives you a chance to interact a little bit, like at the “Can You Spy the Prize?” booth. A “prize” is when a pirate steals a ship.  They are many different kinds, and you can spy your own prize.  “What’s exciting about our staging here is that visitors who come to the Science Museum are not only going to see the artifacts, they’ll actually meet some real pirates,” said Day.

The same “pirates” (i.e. actors) who crashed our set at WCCO will portray the real life stories of the pirates who lost their lives on the Whydah when is sank 300 years ago.

Real Pirates opens Saturday, Feb. 18 and runs through Sept. 3

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  • Laura Nelson

    Hello! I published an article in April/May 2013 about Peter Hoof, one of Sam Bellamy’s crew, entitled “Peter Cornelius Hoof and Me.” You can still catch it before her June edition comes out on June 20th at: http://www.CindyVallar.com/PeterHoof.html!

    • admin

      That’s cool can we repost it?

  • Laura Nelson

    Unfortunately, not right away. I believe she prefers that you wait at least 60 – 90 days before printing the article somewhere else. I would love to let you repost it once enough time has passed, though!

  • Laura Nelson

    But until I can release the article to you here is my blog, where you can see a re-print of it:

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