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The Whydah: A Pirate Ship Feared, Wrecked, and Found

by Martin W. Sandler

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I was intrested from the mention of pirates, but I was worried that it would be a struggle to get through like some other non fiction books I've picked up over the years. Thankfully this story was an engaging look at what piracy was really like, there were no "arrrr's" or parrots that said silly things. The length of this story was really wonderful as well, I was worried it would be huge, but it was less than 200 pages, and like all good books it left me wanting more.

If you're looking to read some non fiction, but are afraid you'll be bored to tears by the genre then I highly recommend this book! It was an engaging and quick read!

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  hawaiianmermaid701 | Jun 7, 2017 |
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A historical account of the Pirate ship Whydah and its rediscovery, with general info about life as a pirate as well as the underwater explorers who later try to recover sunken vessels and their contents. Easy to read, fascinating, and a good starting place for anyone interested in the subject. An intriguing book for teens and adults alike.

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  LibStaff2 | Jun 4, 2017 |
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They had me at pirate ship. What could be more exciting than finding the wreck of an actual ship used by pirates. It’s like a puzzle that when pieced together can give us a clearer picture of the life pirates actually lived. Not the Hollywood version or even the version popularized by authors such as Robert Louis Stevenson in books such as Treasure Island. In this book, geared towards a young adult readership, the author provides a lot of factual information about pirate life in a very interesting manner. The text is accompanied by very detailed maps and period illustrations that help to get the reader involved in the search for the only shipwreck that has been authenticated to be an actual ship used by pirates. ( )
  Ronrose1 | May 27, 2017 |
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I did not realize this book was intended for middle-grade readers from the early reviewer blurb, and so found it somewhat disappointing. If you're an adult looking for a pirate history, try "The Republic of Pirates" by Colin Woodward. But if you're in middle school, or know someone who is, this book is a good overview of piracy, teasing apart fact and fiction, as well as discussing how that history is discovered through marine archeology. The main shortcoming of the book is that women are barely mentioned. The possibly fictitious Maria Hallet is the only historical women discussed, and there's no discussion how piracy impacted women specifically, either as victims when traveling by sea or as family members of men who became pirates. In the later chapters on the discovery and recovery of the Whydah there are a few pictures of women involved in restoration, but none are mentioned by name.
  arcadia123 | Apr 25, 2017 |
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Excellent book on the history and recover of the pirate ship Whydah. The book follows the life of the Whydah from its construction through its intended use as a slave galley, pirate ship, legend, then salvage project. The story smoothly transitions through each of these periods, pulling the reader along with the excitement. Informative sidebars are included in the text, going into greater detail on people and elements of history important to the Whydah, and so so without disrupting the flow of the main story. ( )
  herzogbr | Apr 25, 2017 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0763680338, Hardcover)

The exciting true story of the captaincy, wreck, and discovery of the Whydah — the only pirate ship ever found — and the incredible mysteries it revealed.

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 and 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 (and the riches that went down with it) eluded treasure seekers, until the ship was finally found in 1984 by marine archaeologists. The artifacts brought up from the ocean floor are priceless, both in value and in the picture they reveal of life in that much-mythologized era, changing much of what we know about pirates.

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