Unlike the Queen Anne's Revenge, there was no mistaking the Whydah Gally for any other vessel soon after the pirate ship was discovered in 1984.
The flagship of Captain "Black Sam" Bellamy, the ship ran aground and sank off the coast of Cape Cod following an intense storm in 1717. Relying on a map assembled by a salvager who was a contemporary of Bellamy, modern-day marine explorers were able to ascertain the location of the shipwreck.
Among the more than 200,000 artifacts discovered abroad, which included cannons, coins and more, was the ship's bell, bearing the simple inscription "The Whydah Gally 1716." It was the first ever discovery and authentication of a pirate ship.
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