Pirates of Cape Cod Museum teams up with Boston’s Franciscan Children’s Hospital via Virtual Sea Lab

Patients at Franciscan Children’s Hospital in Boston will explore treasures via a virtual marine lab later this month as part of a new program with the Whydah Pirate Museum on Cape Cod.

NWN Carousel, a Waltham-based cloud communications service provider, is partnering with the museum and hospital to provide access to the virtual lab, the Yarmouth-based museum said in a statement.

Children and teens from the hospital’s inpatient behavioral health units will be able to watch a team of archaeologists dig for treasure recovered from the Whydah Gally, which sank in a violent northeasterly off Wellfleet, there is over 300 years old, according to the statement.

“Being able to watch scientists uncover archaeological treasures in real time is something that would be very interesting and meaningful to them,” Ralph Buonopane, director of Franciscan Children’s Acute Mental Health Programs, said in the statement. “Our heartfelt thanks to the Whydah Pirate Museum and the NWN Carousel for making this possible.”

The nonprofit museum chronicles the history and discovery of the 1717 Whydah discovered by explorer Barry Clifford and John F. Kennedy Jr. in 1984, according to the release.

Over the years, Clifford and his team have discovered everything from gold coins to six skeletons, the Globe reported. At some point in 2018, they performed DNA testing on the skeleton’s femur, believing it may belong to the ship’s captain, Samuel “Black Sam” Bellamy. But DNA tests later confirmed that the bone did not belong to the notorious pirate.

Bellamy captured the Whydah in early 1717. The ship was said to have had four and a half tons of gold and silver on board, and Bellamy was said to have been the richest pirate in the world, with an estimated fortune of $120 million in modern dollars. .

“We would like to thank NWN Carousel and the carers at Franciscan Children’s for the opportunity to share our work with young people who otherwise could not visit our museum,” Clifford said in the statement. “Children will be able to witness live and in real time major archaeological discoveries buried in the sand for centuries.”


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