Milwaukee museum hosts "Real Pirates" exhibit

200 artifacts recovered from ship than sank nearly 300 years ago

Published On: Dec 13 2012 07:29:48 AM CST
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MILWAUKEE -

A new exhibition at the Milwaukee Public Museum explores 18th-century piracy with more than 200 artifacts recovered from the ocean floor.

The museum is hosting the exhibit, "Real Pirates," which tells the stories of four crew members of the pirate ship Whydah. It sank off the Cape Cod coast nearly 300 years ago, killing the famous Captain "Black Sam" Bellamy and all but two of its 146 crew members.

The Whydah was located in 1984 and underwater explorer Barry Clifford is still finding treasures.

The exhibit features cannons, muskets, pistols, cutlasses and swords, a treasure chest filled with coins last touched by pirates and Whydah's bell. The exhibit also has a replica of the ship visitors can board.