Friday, July 5, 2013

Writing Friday: Pirates!

So, I was planning about talking about my setting to you today.

However, a couple of weeks ago, I got to go to an awesome exhibit hosted by National Geographic called Real Pirates.

So, since the topic was relevant to my book, Swept to Sea, I thought I would tell you a little about what I saw.

The Whydah was an eighteenth century slave ship turned pirate ship. It was captained by Sam Bellamy, who turned to piracy to earn money. He had plans to return to Massachusetts and marry his sweetheart once he made enough money.

Sadly, the Whydah sank off the coast of Cape Cod in 1717 during a violent Nor'easter. Only two men survived, and many many more died.

In the 1980s, the ship was recovered and its artifacts were preserved.

I loved this exhibit. I learned a lot of information about my setting and now I can add even more historical facts to my novel.

I love museums. What is your favorite museum you have been to?


  1. I've seen this exhibit, and I really enjoyed seeing it and all the history.

    My favorite Museum is the Holocaust Museum in Washington D.C. Although WWII isn't my favorite era of history, the museum is very well put together and filled with historical and emotional detail.

    1. Awesome, Cortney.

      I've been to the Holocaust Museum in Washington D.C. and I LOVE it. It was very well done and amazing to see.

  2. Real Pirates was a really cool exhibit - lots of interesting information I'd never known about pirates.

    I think my favorite museum would have to be the whole Smithsonian complex, but if I had to choose one it would be the Museum of Natural History in the Smithsonian because I love geology and fossils.

    1. That's great, Nathan.

      I love Smithsonian. All of their museums are amazing.


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