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

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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 rThe
Hardcover, 176 pages
Published March 14th 2017 by Candlewick Press
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Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
Who doesn't like to read about pirates? I'd never heard of Black Sam Bellamy, though, or his ship, the Whydah. The Whydah was originally a slave ship, and Bellamy and his crewmen captured it because slave ships were bigger and roomier than merchant ships, and he wanted plenty of storage room for all the booty he intended to capture in his pirating. I guess he decided to rob the rich merchant ships to give to the poor--himself and his crew! At any rate, Bellamy became highly successful, and the W ...more
Okay, so this book had two of my pet peeves within the first two chapters, which irritated me enough that I didn't want to dedicate my reading time to finish it. But I did. First, the author had word choice issues, like on page 13, "He had to get to know that girl." I know this is a children's/young adult nonfiction book, but I would still like to think that kids are smart enough to know that there are better ways to write that sentence, especially as it's closing out the paragraph.

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More of a 3.5 but gets the extra half star for writing something boys will pick up and read. I disagree with it being considered YA as well. It certainly can be YA and the reading may be a bit challenging for grade 5-6, but that is all to the good if the kid is interested. This is a description of an infamous pirate ship that foundered off of Cape Cod, apparently a notoriously treacherous area for ships. It tells about the events leading up to the shipwreck; how one person stubbornly kept lookin ...more
After reading this book, I know that Martin W. Sandler, with so many other historical non-fiction authors, has written TRUTH, with sources, footnotes of explanation and extraordinary care to point out stereotypes that are not true.
For example, the notion that pirates buried their treaure and created maps to remember where was created by Robert Louis Stevenson in his book Treasure Island, and has been kept alive in other books through the years as well as in movies. It is a myth that has n
Apr 20, 2019 added it
Shelves: nonfiction
“The Whydah: A Pirate Ship Feared, Wrecked & Found” by Martin W. Sandler (NCTE Orbis Pictus Award: 2018)

The Whydah: A Pirate Ship Feared, Wrecked & Found, would be an excellent nonfiction text to incorporate into a social studies unit, concerning the following goals: map skills, comparing and contrasting the differing lifestyles of cultures, as well as how communication and transportation has drastically changed in comparison to the present date. It is rich in history, provid
Taylor Lara
Aug 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Awesome- I’ve always been obsessed with pirates and shipwrecks. This book about the first pirate shipwreck ever uncovered felt like an adventure from beginning to end.
Homewood Library
Jan 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
I love nonfiction books, especially young reader nonfiction books because they pack in a lot of information and are much shorter. This is a very cool account and I learned a lot about pirates during the late 17th/early 18th centuries. - Miss Angela
Stan  Prager
Nov 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Review of: The Whydah: A Pirate Ship Feared, Wrecked and Found, by Martin W. Sandler
by Stan Prager (11-19-17)

I don’t typically read or review “Young Adult” books, but The Whydah: A Pirate Ship Feared, Wrecked and Found, by Martin W. Sandler, came my way via an Early Reviewer’s program and—full disclosure—I did not realize it was YA when I requested it! Of course, the “Young Adult” genre has come a long way since my own youth, when it tended to only run to the lowest common den
Cindy Vallar
Jun 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Originally constructed for a member of parliament involved in the slave trade, the Whydah was bound for England when Samuel Bellamy and his fellow pirates attacked her in February 1717. In 1984 Barry Clifford and his team of divers discovered what remained of her off the coast of Cape Cod, Massachusetts.

Born in 1689, Englishman Samuel Bellamy found himself unemployed after his stint in the Royal Navy during the War of the Spanish Succession. He eventually journeyed to New England, where he hope
Kelsey Buckley
Jul 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
What I Liked:
-It is interesting nonfiction (especially the first half).

-Some of the things we believe about pirates are actually MYTHS thanks to the book Treasure Island. Most pirates didn't bury their treasures. A lot of their booty was actually ordinary trade items - not gold and jewels. Walking the plank wasn't actually a thing. Pirates probably spoke the same way most other lower-class sailors spoke. Those fun phrases like "Ahoy, matey," Shiver me timbers," and "Arrrr?" Myt
Chris Demer
May 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: history, adventure
This is a fascinating book about a ship, The Whydah, which was involved in the triangle trade. After delivering slaves to the West Indies, it was loaded with cargo and headed back to England when it was attacked by on of the most famous pirates of the time, Black Sam Bellamy. A fast and sturdy ship, it was made the flagship of the pirate and his crew, and plied the seas attacking ships and confiscating their cargoes and sometimes their crews as well.

The most interesting part of the book was the
Aug 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
“The Whydah,” by Martin W. Sandler is a truly adventurous story based on the captaincy, wreck, and discovery of the only pirate ship ever found and excavated, known as The Whydah, and the incredible mysteries it revealed. Sandler begins his book by introducing the golden age of piracy – the 1650s to the 1730s – when fearsome, frightful pirates like Blackbeard ruled the waves seeking treasure, at the same time, large and fast ships to transport it. The Whydah was a similar ship, with a purpose to ...more
Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*
Sandler, Martin W. The Whydah : A Pirate Ship Feared, Wrecked & Found, 176 pages. NON-FICTION. Candlewick Press, 2017. $20. Language: PG (2 swears); Mature Content: G; Violence: PG (discussion of amputations and wounds).

In the early 1700s, a pirate named Black Sam Bellamy “traded up” to a slave ship called the Whydah. It was a huge pirate ship, with room for lots of men and lots of booty. It was a fast ship, heavily armed and easy to maneuver, so it made pirating (attacking other ships and
Feb 08, 2018 rated it liked it
This is a fascinating account of the life and times of 18th century pirates, specifically Black Sam Bellamy and the ship they Whydah. Black Sam Bellamy was an infamous pirate of the Atlantic and Caribbean. His ship the Whydah was full of treasure when it sunk off Cape Cod. Bellamy and most of his crew drowned in the shipwreck and treasure hunters looked for his sunken treasure for almost 300 years. It wasn't until the 1980s that Barry Clifford finally located the wreck and found part of the trea ...more
Feb 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
In the early 1700s, a pirate named Black Sam Bellamy “traded up” to a slave ship called the Whydah. It was a huge pirate ship, with room for lots of men and lots of booty. It was a fast ship, heavily armed and easy to maneuver, so it made pirating (attacking other ships and stealing their stuff) profitable. They plundered as many as 4 ships in a day. Besides telling the story of Bellamy and The Whydah, the reader is educated on the history of pirates, the rules of piracy (called The Articles of ...more
Dec 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Pirates have been romanticized for a long, long time in movies, books, and other media. This book goes a long way towards revealing the truth about so many of the myths that exist around pirates and how they lived. I appreciated greatly how straight forward Sandler is about piracy and the reasons behind it and how those who really lived it actually lived. This book does focus specifically on the experiences related to one specific ship, first as a slave ship and then as a pirate ship. Details ab ...more
Jul 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Pirates! I learned so many interesting things about pirates from reading this book. In fact, I guess I knew almost nothing about pirates before reading it, since it turns out that most everything from Pirates of the Caribbean and popular culture is wrong. The Whydah was one of the most famous pirate ships of its time (the early 1700s, the golden age of pirates), and it is the only pirate shipwreck every to be recovered. It was shipwrecked off the coast of Cape Cod (even though it spent most of i ...more
Sep 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Born in 1689 in Plymouth, England, Sam Bellamy loved the sea. He learned to sail from an early age and was not yet twenty when he joined the British Navy. But by the age of twenty-four, the War of Spanish Succession had ended and Sam found himself unemployed. He sailed for America and decided to make his fortune as a treasure hunter. But when that scheme failed, he found his true calling as a pirate. He became known as Black Sam. His success as a pirate made him legendary and his capture of the ...more
Mandy Laferriere
May 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
I'm sort of obsessed with Cape Cod. So when I saw the Dallas Museum of Art had a $5 lecture last month about the recovery of the Whydah off the coast of Provincetown, I had to go check it out. It was amazing. THE VERY NEXT DAY, someone turned in this book at my library, and it ended up in my hands. (I guess I forgot about buying it!) Of course, I had to read it! The guy who did the talk at the DMA, Chris Macort, is even in some of the pictures!

I can't wait to share this with students
Some interesting information about pirates in general and Black Sam Bellamy in particular but I was annoyed with the author and publisher for the book’s design. The 2-3 page “side bars” would have been better at chapter ends. I was frustrated by the awkward positioning of them, sometime falling mid-sentence.

A different format for a book for upper elementary and middle school would be better. Larger and with more photos and better maps. Maps were often illegible. Photo of a syringe but not the A
Emma Davis
Mar 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was actually a much more interesting book than I expected. It was just as entertaining as it was informational. This is the long story of the Whydah, its captains, and its treasures. The Whydah was originally meant for the Triangular Trade route carrying slaves and goods alike in the early 1700’s. It was large and fast in order to get its job done as quickly as possible. Its first captain, Captain Prince was returning the Whydah to England when the ship was taken over by pirates. He willing ...more
Hannah Elizabeth
Nov 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-3090-21-30
The Whydah was a sunken pirate ship that was later investigated by scientists. In the book "Whydah" the author talked about the sunken ship, but also about the life of several pirates. This chapter book went into detail about how pirates became pirates and why. The book told the story of Black beard and other infamous captains of the sea. One story that the author told was a story about a ten-year-old boy who, against his mother's wishes, joined a group of pirates and later died at
Lydia Granda
Jul 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I have always enjoyed reading books on shipwrecks, then with this one you add in pirates and it equals a really good book! Martin W. Sandler captures your attention from the very first page and keeps it in his grip until the final page. As I was reading it, I did wonder how he was going to have enough pages dedicated to the actual discovery of the Whydah, when there were only 45 pages left for that part of the story, I was pleasantly surprised that he nailed every interesting tidbit of it.
Morgan Rudeseal
The Whydah, a slave ship, was captured by a pirate named Sam Bellamy. Sam Bellamy and his crew plundered the seas and stole treasures and/or riches. The Whydah ends up sinking in a storm off of Cape Cod, Massachusetts. The storm lasted four days and three nights. Due to the storm and the sinking of the ship, Sam Bellamy and 143 of his crew members were killed. Years later, many people, such as Clifford, searched for the vast amount of treasure and/or riches that were lost with the Whydah in the ...more
Erin Cummings
Oct 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A story about a pirate ship and the pirates who sailed it. Based on primary and secondary sources the author tells the story of how the Whydah became a feared pirate ship. Sandler describes the men who manned it, their lives before piracy, and the booty they collected. Sandler gives readers a new perspective on pirates. He takes readers on a journey through time to the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries to present day on the deck of the Whydah.
Love, l
Jul 09, 2017 rated it liked it
This was a solid and interesting non-fiction book about the age of pirates and specifically The Whydah. I like how the book covered the history from all the perspectives: Black Sam Bellamy, the ship's pirate captain; the building of the ship as a superior slave carrying vessel; the rules of pirates during this time; the interest in salvaging ships including the Whydah. I also liked the sidebars in each chapter that gave some additional information for the readers, although I would have appreciat ...more
Jul 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Although not so stated anywhere, this book is written at the young adult level, but it should not be dismissed by any reader without some investigation of its contents. The first half of the book is one of pirates and fables, and conjectures as to the characters and sailings of those who basic come to control the Galley Whydah, within the sad scope of the 18th-century Triangle slave trade. The conjecture carries forward as to why the pirates came against Cape Cod into classic Outer Beach shipwre ...more
Makayla Harrison
Sep 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book tells the story of a young pirate who sells across the seas, and collects ships and treasures from 11 different countries. This young pirates ship was named the Whydah. Bellamy and his crew of 146 endured a rough storm that lasted 4 days and 3 nights. Only 2 pirates survived this brutal storm. Bellamy and his crew collected so much treasure from all around the world, so this ship is still searched for, and explored to this day.

This book provided the read
Christina Jou
Jun 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: info-bios
Black Sam Bellamy, a fortune-seeking pirate, took over the ship Whydah, one of the biggest and fastest slave ships ever built. Laden with gold coins, ivory, and other riches, Whydah could not outsail Black Sam. Once taking Whydah as his flagship, modifies it to suit his needs and fills it with all the plunders he and his crew have accumulated over the years. Hoping to meet his old love, he turns to Cape Cod but is wrecked by a storm in 1717. Since then, many sought to recover the sunken treasure ...more
Tiffanie Rainoff
Oct 13, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: books-11-20
This non-fiction chapter book details the "life" and "death" of the ship named the Whydah. The Whydah: A Pirate Ship Feared, Wrecked and Found tells the tale of this ship from its beginning as a slave ship, to the owners and occupants of its time as a pirate ship, to its sinking and subsequent discovery.

This book was nominated for the Orbis Pictus Award for excellent non-fiction texts. Although slow-moving, this book engages readers with pictures and hi
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Martin W. Sandler has written more than seventy books for children and adults and has written and produced seven television series. He has twice been nominated for the Pulitzer Prize and has won multiple Emmy Awards. He lives in Massachusetts.