Real Pirates- A Learning Experience for Everyone


Ahoy there, matey! If you like pirates, ships, and treasure, then you will love the Real Pirates Exhibit at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science.

Ahoy there, matey! If you like pirates, ships, and treasure, then you will love the Real Pirates Exhibit at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. Real Pirates- The Untold Story of the Whydah from Slave Ship to Pirate Ship is an exhibit telling all about the Whydah, a pirate ship.


The Whydah was a slave ship until it got captured by the pirates of Sir Sam Bellamy's crew. Quite a few of the slaves wanted to join the crew so that they could be free men, so it was a larger crew after the capture of the Whydah. The pirates all had to work on rebuilding the ship from a slave ship to a pirate ship. When it was a slave ship, the slaves were not able to stand up because the decks were many levels, and each deck was short and small. The pirates removed a lot and rebuilt it so you could stand comfortably. In the exhibit, it has a section that is the same size of the ship, so you can walk inside and experience what the ship was like as a pirate ship.


Another thing that you will be able to see is real pirate treasure. Barry Clifford, a world-renowned underwater explorer, was the one who found the Whydah and the treasures inside of it. Most of the treasure has only been touched by pirates, but there is one part of the exhibit where you can touch some of the real pirate treasure. In the last section of the exhibit, you can see some of the treasure Mr. Clifford found in the ship. The treasures are currently being removed from concretions. The process can take quite a while depending what's in it. First, it is put into a tank with freshwater for two to four weeks. Then, it is moved into a tank with chemical solution. Low voltage makes electronic reduction. The salts then get slowly removed and debris becomes slowly exposed. Next, the remaining concretion is removed with picks and brushes. Then, the treasures are washed and dried. Finally a protective coat of sealant is added. After a while, you get to see what's inside of the concretions.


The Whydah was built in London in the year 1715 so it could carry slaves. When it was captured by Sam Bellamy's crew, it became a pirate ship. The youngest pirate was John King, a nine-year-old boy. The ship sank on April 26, 1717 because of a horrible storm. The ship was only 1,500 feet away from the shore when it sank, still only a few of the pirates survived.


Surprisingly, pirates were very democratic and fair to everyone in their crew. For example, they had to sign articles in order to join the crew. The articles were basically a code of conduct that the pirates agreed to follow. Also, the pirates all split their plunder. For example, if they got jewelry, they would cut it up so that everyone would get a fair share of it and no one would be left out.


Overall, the Real Pirates exhibit at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science is quite an amazing experience for everyone who loves to explore, go on adventures, and just have fun.