Back when I was literaly a small infant, 1984, the Whydah was located off the cost of Cape Cod and excavation began. Well, the Real Pirates exhibit just rolled into town and if you’re interested in learning about the Whydah and it’s crew, you can head on down to Foxwoods Casinos to check their stuff out.
Why Foxwoods Casinos? Well, pirates loved gambling, right? Right.
Real Pirates tells the compelling story of the Whydah, the first authenticated pirate shipwreck in U.S. waters, and the stories of the diverse people whose lives converged on the vessel. Sunk in a fierce storm off the coast of Cape Cod, Massachusetts in April 1717, the Whydah was located in 1984 and is still actively excavated today.
Real Pirates, is a one of a kind exhibition that features more than 200 authentic items recovered from the Whydah – real treasure last touched by real pirates. Ranging from canons and coins and the Ship’s massive bell to personal items that the pirates wore, visitors are given an unprecedented glimpse into unique economic, political and social circumstances of the early 18th-century Caribbean.
The Real Pirates exhibit runs from now through February at Foxwoods. Here’s the admission info:
Sun thru Thurs – 11am to 8pm (last admission sold at 7pm)
Fri & Sat – 11am to 10pm (last admission sold at 9pm)
Adults (14 to 59) – $20
Senior (60+) – $16
Child (3 to 13) – $15
Foxwoods Rewards – $18
Closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day
Tickets are available online through the Foxwoods website.
For those not in the New England area, there’s another Real Pirates exhibit at Union Station in Kansas City, MO.
For more info on the Whydah excavation project, visit their website.
For more piratical and swashbuckling adventure, pick up a copy of the Jake Hawing short-story adventures!