Whydah Museum to Outline DNA Investigation into Bones


The Whydah Pirate Museum in West Yarmouth and forensic experts from the University of New Haven, today will detail their investigation into the DNA analysis of bones discovered in a concretion that was taken from the site of the sunken pirate ship over the summer.

Officials with the Whydah Museum believe the bones may be those of Captain Samuel “Black Sam” Bellamy, considered the most successful pirate who ever lived.

Best-selling author and Cape Cod native, Casey Sherman, is the investigative team leader and says today’s event outlines the investigative process which is expected to take several weeks if not months.

The Whydah, discovered by explorer Barry Clifford and his team in 1984 off of Wellfleet, went down during a Nor’easter in 1717.

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