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Pirate ship discovery will be the topic of a Nantucket talk

Posted by Paul Kandarian  July 30, 2013 10:30 AM

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If you find yourself on Nantucket Aug. 1 and are keen on shipwreck history, this may pique your interest. Barry Clifford, shipwreck discoverer and National Geographic Underwater Explorer, will speak at the Egan Maritime Institute about his discovery of the Whydah, the first pirate shipwreck to be positively identified. The ship sunk during a storm off the Cape Cod coast in 1717 and is the only pirate shipwreck ever found with treasures and artifacts intact, he said. Clifford will also talk about the culture of the secret world of pirates of the 17th- and 18th-century Atlantic world.

Two lectures are offered, the first at 2 p.m. at Egan, geared toward families, and another at 6 p.m., with cocktail reception, at Le Languedoc restaurant. There is also a dinner offered at 8 at the restaurant, with Clifford.

For ticket pricing and info, visit www.eganmaritime.org, call 508-228-2505, or email sstillings@eganmaritime.org

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