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

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Annotation: Presents the exciting true story of the captaincy, wreck, and discovery of the Whydah--the only wrecked pirate ship ever found--which sank off the coast of Cape Cod in 1717.
Catalog Number: #138211
Format: Perma-Bound Edition from Publisher's Hardcover
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Common Core/STEAM: Common Core Common Core
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Copyright Date: 2017
Edition Date: 2017
Pages: 170 p.
Availability: Available
ISBN: Publisher: 0-7636-8033-8 Perma-Bound: 0-605-97089-0
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-0-7636-8033-6 Perma-Bound: 978-0-605-97089-2
Dewey: 910.4
LCCN: 2017931938
Dimensions: 23 cm.
Genre: Geography
Language: English
Reviewing Agencies:
ALA Booklist (Wed Mar 01 00:00:00 CST 2017)
Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
Horn Book (Tue Aug 01 00:00:00 CDT 2017)
Kirkus Reviews
Wilson's Junior High Catalog
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Bibliography Index/Note: Includes bibliographical references (pages 165-166) and index.
Word Count: 29,866
Reading Level: 8.3
Interest Level: 5-9
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 8.3 / points: 5.0 / quiz: 188117 / grade: Middle Grades+
Reading Counts!: reading level:11.9 / points:10.0 / quiz:Q70646
Lexile: 1270L

A 2018 YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults Finalist

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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