Friday, March 6, 2009

~ The Whydah~ This is the real Story ~

The Real Grave Yard of the Atlantic
the hunt continues off Cape Cod

The scientific and technological aspects of our archaeological recovery efforts on the
Whydah, and other shipwrecks, include elements of special interest to students of all
grade levels with respect to such areas of study as archaeology, oceanography, earth
sciences, chemistry and others.
The history of the Whydah and the men who sailed her illustrates a number of important
aspects of 18th-century history in general—and North American colonial history in
particular—which are appropriate to the following grade levels as delineated in the
Massachusetts History and Social Science Curriculum Framework.


Whydah Treasure Hunt:
These questions are about your visit to the Whydah Exhibit--like all lost treasures, the
answers can be found if you look carefully!
1. When and where did the Whydah sink?
2. How many pirates survived the wreck of the Whydah?
3. Who was Cyprian Southack?
4. What do “mailboxes” do?
5. What was the date on the ship’s bell?
6. Who was Maria Hallett?
7. How big was the Whydah?
8. How many captives could she carry when she was a slaveship?
9. Where does “Akan Gold” come from?
10. What were “the Articles”?
11. How old was Sam Bellamy at the time of the wreck?
12. How much money did the pirates get when they captured the Whydah?
13. What did sailors eat?
14. When did John King join the pirates?
15. How many of Bellamy’s pirates were tried in Boston? How many hanged?
16. Who was Cotton Mather?
17. What must be removed from artifacts before they can be displayed?
18. Why are some objects kept constantly wet?
19. What is concretion made out of?
20. Why do we record where we find artifacts on the sea-bed?

The New England Pirate Museum
Who's Who Aboard a Pirate Ship
The captain of a pirate ship had to possess the qualities of leadership and courage. Generally chosen for his daring and dominating character, a pirate captain often was admired for his cruelty and destructiveness. A captain's power was absolute in time of chase or action, and he could discipline anyone who disobeyed his orders. He also had life and death power over anyone taken prisoner.
The quartermaster came next after the captain in exercising authority over the pirate crew; he was in charge of the men when the ship was not in action. He could punish the men for insubordination and arbitrated minor disputes among the men. The quartermaster usually led the attack and was the first to board the vessel. He was also in charge of food and water supplies.
The sailing master was in charge of navigation. Of course, since charts were often inaccurate or nonexistent, his job was a difficult one. Many sailing masters had been forced into pirate service.
The gunner was in charge of cannon, powder supplies and heavy armaments.
The boatswain supervised the maintenance of the vessel and its supplies of naval stores (tar, pitch and tallow, spare sails, etc.).

grins .. alright of course I am partial on this story .. grins ...

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