Whydah Pirate Museum
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Whydah Pirate Museum information
Of the more than 3000 shipwrecks off the coast of the Cape, the Whydah is one of the best documented. Captained by 'Black Sam' Bellamy, the Whydah sank in 1717 and to this day remains the only authenticated pirate ship ever salvaged. A local expedition recovered more than 100,000 items of booty – coins, jewelry, weapons – and some of these are on display at this museum on the wharf.
Note, however, that many of the prize pieces may be on loan and exhibited elsewhere by the National Geographic Society, which aided in the recovery. Argh, matey.