National Geographic Events – Barry Clifford


Photo: waves crashing on Whydah

Painting by John Berkey

Photo: Barry Clifford

Photograph by Margot Clifford

One of the world’s best-known undersea explorers, Barry Clifford has been involved in archaeological investigations beneath the waves for virtually his entire adult life. In 1984, after several years of research and exploration, Clifford discovered the only verified pirate shipwreck ever found in U.S. waters. Lost in a storm off Cape Cod in 1717, the Whydah(a one-time slave vessel) has yielded so far more than 100,000 artifacts—including the Whydah’s bell, cannon, gold and silver coins, African jewelry, weapons, and many other artifacts—helping to illuminate the world’s understanding of pirates. The story of the Whydah has been made into a film, Pirates of the Whydah, and a traveling exhibition, Real Pirates,produced by National Geographic.

In addition to his work with the Whydah and other shipwrecks, Clifford has searched Boston Harbor for ships and artifacts relating to the Boston Tea Party and the Revolutionary War, has discovered the wreck of the notorious Captain William Kidd’s flagship, and is currently working to identify what may be the remains of Columbus’ famed Santa Maria.

The author of several books and star of numerous television and film documentaries, Clifford brings nautical history to life while sharing his own underwater adventures.

Presentation Topics

Pirates of the Whydah
Clifford offers a unique glimpse into the Age of Piracy, and explains what the ship and its artifacts reveal about the real lives of the men who sailed under the black flag.

Learn More About Barry:

Expedition Whydah
Los Angeles Times story

Source: National Geographic Events – Barry Clifford

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