Six pirate skeletons were recently discovered in a shipwreck dating back over 300 years. The historical discovery was retrieved from the Whydah, Captain 'Black Sam' Bellamy's ship. Unfortunately, the large boat met its fate at the bottom of the ocean off New England's coast in 1717.
Rumored as stolen by pirates, the Whydah sank after tossing and turning in the waves of a violent storm. The ship is believed to be the only fully-authenticated pirate vessel in the world. According to reports, the 6 skeletons became embedded in several large concretions, compact mounds of sand and stone, on the ocean's floor.
The bodies were located after the ship's discovery more than 35 years ago. However, the skeletal remains were only recently identified by a team of researchers, led by underwater archaeologist Barry Clifford. A miracle that the remains were intact; only 2 of the 146 crew members on board survived. But, answers are on the horizon!
Clifford shared: "We hope that modern, cutting-edge technology will help us identify these pirates and reunite them with any descendants who could be out there." In fact, 2 years ago, some progress was already made. A fellow researcher, Mr. Casey Sherman, actually managed to trace Black Sam's DNA to a descendant in England.
The remains were found beside weapons and other items in the shipwreck. Following Black Sam's DNA to England, Mr. Sherman shared, "That bone was identified as a human male with general ties to the Eastern Mediterranean area. He continued, "These newly found skeletal remains may finally lead us to Bellamy as we now have his DNA."
The research team hopes their recent findings will lead them in the direction of the "real" Sam. Linked to historical pirates of the "Golden Age of Piracy," Sam was 1 of 40 crew members never to be found. The concretions where the remains were discovered now remain on display at the Whydah Pirate Museum in Massachusetts.
While many hidden gems of pirate's past typically contained gold and silver, many believe this 21st-century treasure is priceless. As these artifacts unlock answers to uncharted history, the memories of these pirates might have the chance to walk the earth once more.