Black Bellamy’s Pirate Ship

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The Whydah Gally used to be a former slave ship but was more popularly known as the main pirate ship of notorious “Black Sam” Bellamy. She was seized by the plunderers of the sea when she was on her second tour of duty after she was introduced in 1715 in London. She was said to be carrying a big haul of treasure when she was ravaged by a storm and sank, bringing with her 144 crewmen and 400,000 coins down to the bottom of the sea to Davy Jone’s locker in the waters of Cape Cod. Only two pirates survived during the pirate ship’s demise in 1717, and the unfortunate ship’s remains were found in the year 1984 with no reports of finding her treasure.

Black Bellamy’s Pirate Ship

The Whydah was solidly built making her resilient as a cargo, passenger and pirate ship. During her first voyage, the pirates headed by Captain Samuel “Black Sam” Bellamy successfully captured her, thus beginning her sordid career as a reliable plunder ship during the Golden Age of Piracy. Upon capture, she was soon restructured to fit her new role as a premier pirate ship.

Journeys on the Whydah Gally

On her journeys, pirates enjoyed a highly lucrative business by seizing more ships around the waters of America. She suffered a big blow when she met head on a storm, but was hurriedly repaired as she made her way to the vastness of Nantucket Sound. She was still able to reach Rhode Island where further maintenance and added repairs were done.

Pirate Booty and loot

Her journey continued after two months of needed rest. She sailed further and headed north to Damarscove Island, and upon orders from Captain Bellamy decided to make a re-route going to Cape Cod. The ball was then rolling for her date with destiny, but not before her pirate crew seized many more ships, including the Madeira wine-rich Mary Anne ship.

A wet end

But seems all things must come to an end as nature’s wrath in the form of a Category-One hurricane made her slow down and had lead to her eventual downfall. She stopped running as she hit a16-foot deep sandbar, was stranded on the shore of the modern Marconi Beach of Wellfleet as gigantic waves measuring 40 feet high slammed against her. After just minutes she capsized and sank 30 foot deep bringing to her resting place 144 personnel, a 60 cannon arsenal and pricy gold and silver weighing a staggering 4.5 tons. Her captive, the Mary Anne ship, suffered the same fate caused by the same storm at the other beach in the Island of Pochet (Po-chee).

Unlucky survivors

Black Bellamy’s pirate ship had just two lucky survivors, whose luck was not so great after all: a native Indian from Central America and a Welsh native, Thomas Davis. They were later taken by Justice Joseph Doane and his party, and imprisoned in Barnstable Gaol. They underwent seven months of trial in Boston upon the commands of Governor Samuel Shute and were sentenced to death by hanging.