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

    Presented by at Houston Museum of Natural Science

    October 8, 2010 - February 6, 2011

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

    The Houston Museum of Natural Science presents Real Pirates: The Untold Story of the Whydah from Slave Ship to Pirate Ship,  on view October 8, 2010 – February 6, 2011.

    The slave ship Whydah began her short life in London, England, in 1715. Less than two years later, now a pirate ship, she sank to the ocean floor off Cape Cod. Using artifacts recovered from the wreck, Real Pirates reveals the true story behind...

    The Houston Museum of Natural Science presents Real Pirates: The Untold Story of the Whydah from Slave Ship to Pirate Ship,  on view October 8, 2010 – February 6, 2011.

    The slave ship Whydah began her short life in London, England, in 1715. Less than two years later, now a pirate ship, she sank to the ocean floor off Cape Cod. Using artifacts recovered from the wreck, Real Pirates reveals the true story behind this vessel—a story more compelling than anything dreamt up by Hollywood. Meet the crew of a real pirate ship that started as a slave ship—and gain insights into the violence and idealism of early eighteenth century piracy.

    Slave ships were perfect prizes for pirates: easy to maneuver, unusually fast, and armed to the hilt. After the Whydah's human cargo was unloaded in the West Indies, the ship was captured by notorious pirate Sam Bellamy and his motley crew. These pirates created an outlaw life within the brutal realities of the European and Caribbean world. Hailing from many nations, they included ordinary seamen, free black men, political dissidents, escaped slaves, indentured servants, Africans freed from slave ships taken at sea, Native Americans, and runaway plantation workers.

    The exhibition features real stories of the people who populated the Atlantic world in the age of slavery and piracy: artisans and traders from West Africa, slave ship captains and their captives, Native American boat pilots, impoverished sailors from all over Europe, and pirates—including women pirates and John King, a boy no more than 11 years old who "went on the account." Guests see more than 200 actual Whydah artifacts, such as treasure from more than 54 ships, gold and silver coins from all over the world, Akan gold jewelry, cannons, swords, pistols, personal belongings, leg iron moldings from shackles, the ship's bell and its massive anchor! Kids also learn about the exciting world of nautical archaeology and the many technologies that have been developed to allow scientists and historians to unlock the clues embedded in these 300 year old "treasures." Discover how high-powered digital x–rays of mysterious underwater concretions can reveal the artifacts hidden within.

    Real Pirates: a touring exhibition organized by National Geographic and Arts and Exhibitions International. Real Pirates is generously supported by Weatherford International Ltd. and HMW Entertainment.


    Houston Museum of Natural Science

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    Houston, TX 77030

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    Members $12
    Adults $25
    Children (3-11), Seniors (62+) &
    College Students $18
    K - 12 School Groups $5
    Groups of 20 or more / Corporate $15


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