Set sail to meet 'Real Pirates'
Ahoy, matey! The pirates are here! Board a bus and sail off to the Science Museum of Minnesota for their Real Pirates exhibit Saturday, July 21.Call 732-4966 or visit the Park Rapids Area Library for a chance to be part of this free Legacy Progra...
Ahoy, matey! The pirates are here!
Board a bus and sail off to the Science Museum of Minnesota for their Real Pirates exhibit Saturday, July 21.Call 732-4966 or visit the Park Rapids Area Library for a chance to be part of this free Legacy Program bus tour. Seating is limited; make reservations soon. The bus will leave Park Rapids at 8:30 a.m. and return by 8:20 p.m. Participants must be at least 8 years old, and children must be accompanied by an adult. Participants must bring a sack lunch and supper/snack.
Don your pirate hat and climb aboard a re-creation of a pirate ship. Learn to tie knots and hoist a pirate flag. Meet members of the Whydah's crew and explore what life was like on a real pirate ship. See more than 200 artifacts from North America's only authenticated pirate shipwreck. One of the most technologically advanced vessels of her day, the Whydah was built and launched as a slave ship and captured on her maiden voyage across the Atlantic 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.
On April 26, 1717, the perfect storm sank the Whydah with most of her crew aboard as well as the bounty from more than 50 captured ships. Nearly 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.
Discover the perils and privileges of 18th Century pirate life in "Real Pirates: The Untold Story of the Whydah - from Slave Ship to Pirate Ship."
Dive into the wreck of the Whydah to discover the true stories of Captain Bellamy and his crew through more than 200 fascinating artifacts in the world's first exhibition of authentic pirate treasure.