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The Untold Story Of The Whydah From Slave Ship To Pirate Ship

Day trip to Denver Museum of Nature and Science

The Estes Park Senior Center is offering a day trip to the Denver Museum of Nature and Science to see the new exhibition “Real Pirates: the Untold Story of the Whydah from Slave Ship to Pirate Ship”. The cost is $39 for members of Estes Park Senior Citizens Center Inc. and $41 for non-members and includes van transportation, parking and admission. Lunch will be Dutch treat at one of Museum cafés. Register now at the Senior Center with cash or check payable to the Town of Estes Park. The deadline for registration is Thursday, March 24, 2011. The trip requires a minimum of ten participants and a maximum of fourteen participants.

Discover the pearls and privileges of pirate life as you explore more than 200 artifacts recovered from the wreck of the Whydah – the first fully authenticated pirate ship ever to be discovered in U.S. waters. Organized by National Geographic, Arts and Exhibitions International, and AEG Exhibitions, Real Pirates examines the rich history of Caribbean trade routes during the 18th century and the link between the slave trade and piracy. You’ll encounter compelling true stories of those who lived aboard the Whydah and learn about the forces that shaped their world.

According to the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, the Whydah was captured on her maiden voyage as a slave ship by legendary pirate Sam Bellamy and his crew. After a few alterations and a quick hoist of the Jolly Roger, the Whydah became the flagship of Bellamy’s flotilla, leading raids throughout Caribbean waters and up the Atlantic coastline.

Then on April 26, 1717, the perfect storm put an end to her pirating days, and the Whydah sank with most of her crew aboard-as well as the bounty from more than 50 captured ships. Almost 300 years later, underwater explorer Barry Clifford and his team managed to locate the wreck of the Whydah and painstakingly unearthed her treasures from the ocean floor.

For more information, please contact the Estes Park Senior Center at (970) 586-2996 or visit the Center at 220 Fourth Street, Monday through Friday between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Please visit the Senior Center website at To receive Senior Center news in your e-mail inbox, please e-mail

The Untold Story Of The Whydah From Slave Ship To Pirate Ship

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