The 1650s to the 1730s marked the golden age of piracy, when fearsome pirates like Blackbeard ruled the waves, seeking not only treasure but also large, fast ships to carry it. The Whydah was just such a ship, built to ply the Triangular Trade route, which it did until one of the greediest pirates of all, Black Sam Bellamy, commandeered it. Filling the ship to capacity with treasure, Bellamy hoped to retire with his bounty — but in 1717 the ship sank in a storm off Cape Cod.
For more than two hundred years, the wreck of the Whydah eluded treasure seekers, until it was finally discovered in 1984 by marine archaeologists. The artifacts brought up from the ocean floor around the Whydah, the only sunken pirate ship ever found, are priceless, both in value and in the picture they reveal of life in that much-mythologized era. Back matter includes source notes, a bibliography, and an index.
- Now in paperback, this YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction Award Finalist is a true tale of slave traders, pillaging pirates, shipwrecks, and treasure hunters.
- Martin Sandler lends his extraordinary research and storytelling skills to the lead up to and the excavation of the wreck of the pirate ship Whydah.
About the Author
- A pirate story like no other sure to appeal to pirate fans of all ages.
Martin W. Sandler has written more than seventy books for children and adults, including Iron Rails, Iron Men
, and the Race to Link the Nation: The Story of the Transcontinental Railroad
and The Impossible Rescue: The True Story of an Amazing Arctic Adventure
. He lives with his wife on Cape Cod.
"Sandler's approach to the Whydah and other submerged ships as "sunken time capsules" is an interesting angle that is sure to resonate with aspiring archaeologists. A captivating read on pirates, with insights into contemporary underwater research techniques. Considering the popularity of the subject, this volume will likely not sit on shelves long."
School Library Journal (starred review)
"Sandler offers an insightful look at how different the realities of pirate life were compared to how it has been mythologized in popular culture...A fascinating, vivid look at what one shipwreck reveals about the realities of the Golden Age of Piracy."
"This book brings to life...The account of the challenges Clifford and his crew had to face to find the Whydah is very thorough."
School Library Connection
"Sandler's broad research and his evident fascination with the subject result in a multifaceted story that many readers will find rewarding."