Feb 18, 2014 1:34 PM by Mike Gillaspia

'Real Pirates' Comes to Moody Gardens

CORPUS CHRISTI - Life aboard an 18th century pirate ship may look glamorous in the movies, but what was it really like? Soon, a visit to Moody Gardens Galveston Island may bring an answer.

Real Pirates: The Untold Story of the Whydah is a touring exhibition organized, in part, by National Geographic. The exhibit showcases over 200 artifacts recovered from the wreck site of the Whydah, the world's first authenticated Pirate Ship, which sank just off the coast of Cape Cod nearly 300 years ago. Artifacts include jewelry, weaponry and treasure chests full of gold coins.

Through compelling stories of the people whose lives converged on the vessel before it sank, Real Pirates offers visitors an unprecedented glimpse into the distinctive political, social and economic circumstances of the early 18th century Caribbean. The Whydah, which was destroyed on April 26, 1717 in a violent storm, was discovered by underwater explorer Barry Clifford in 1984 and became the first fully authenticated pirate ship to be discovered in American waters.

Moody Gardens will feature Real Pirates from its opening on March 8th to September 28th.

To purchase tickets to the Exhibition please visit www.moodygardens.com. There, you will also find information on other special exhibits and shows.

Moody Gardens is located in Galveston, Texas and is open every day of the year.


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