Academic journal article Manitoba History

Pirates in Manitoba!

Academic journal article Manitoba History

Pirates in Manitoba!

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With Manitoba's ties to our maritime tradition, as exhibited in the replica HBC ketch, HMS Nonsuch in the Manitoba museum, an amazing new exhibit there expands the narrative. The National Geographic's "Real Pirates: The Untold Story of the Whydah from Slave Ship to Pirate Ship" is a fascinating interactive exhibit at the Manitoba Museum until 17 April 2015. Built as a slave ship in 1716, the Whydah extends the shipping saga from when the Nonsuch sailed into Hudson Bay in 1668. While the Nonsuch transported trade goods and furs across the Atlantic, the Whydah tragically carried human cargo, slaves stolen from Africa and brought to plantations in the Caribbean.

Nearly 300 years ago, the Whydah slaver was captured by pirate Sam Bellamy who then used the ship, and many of its former slaves as crew, to rob 50 other vessels before it sank off the coast of Cape Cod. Almost all of the pirate crew drowned, and the ship lay undiscovered until underwater archaeology located it in 1984. …

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