Hunting New England Shipwrecks


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Pirate ship attack painting
(Author's collection)

Whydah artifacts
(Mass. BUAR collection)

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Whydah artifacts
in seafloor concretion
(Mass. BUAR collection)

Recovered Whydah bell
bears ship's name
(Mass. BUAR collection)

The table below provides historical and statistical data on the vessel. Some of the information may be incomplete. If you have additions or corrections, please e-mail us at the address listed below.

Shipwreck Data

Vessel Name Whydah
Other Names  
Vessel Type Galley (Pirate Ship)
Length / Beam / Draft (feet) 100' /  /
Hull Construction Wood
Propulsion Sails
Cargo Pirate treasure
Built England - 1716
Date of Loss April 27, 1717
Reason for Loss Grounded in storm and broke up
Fatalities Most of crew
Location 1,500' off Marconi Beach, Wellfleet (Cape Cod), MA
Coordinates (Lat/Lon)  
Coordinates (Loran C)  
Water Depth (feet) 30'
Typical Visibility (feet)  
Wreck Condition Scattered wreckage, completely buried in sand
Diving Considerations A salvage permit has been issued for this wreck and diving on the site by all others is prohibited.
Other Information Originally a British ship, the Whydah was captured by pirate Sam (Black Sam) Bellamy in 1717and put into service as a pirate ship. For more on the Whydah, see   http://www.nationalgeographic.com/whydah/story.html
Attention Divers
The information on this page was obtained from a variety of sources. Although we have attempted to make it as accurate as possible, it may contain errors.  For your personal safety, use extreme caution when diving on this wreck.

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