Milwaukee museum plans ‘Real Pirates’ exhibit

 Widely associated with pirates and known as the 'Jolly Roger,' the skull and crossbones flag was first used by Irish-born pirate Edward England. Image licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

Widely associated with pirates and known as the ‘Jolly Roger,’ the skull and crossbones flag was first used by Irish-born pirate Edward England. Image licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

MILWAUKEE (AP) – Pirates will be taking over the Milwaukee Public Museum this winter.

The museum is planning an exhibit, “Real Pirates,” which tells the stories of four crew members of the pirate ship Whydah. It sank off the Cape Cod coast nearly 300 years ago, killing the famous Captain “Black Sam” Bellamy and all but two of its 146 crew members.

The Whydah was located in 1984 and underwater explorer Barry Clifford is still finding treasures.

Among the objects featured in the exhibit are cannons, muskets, pistols, cutlasses and swords, a treasure chest filled with coins last touched by pirates and Whydah’s bell.

The National Geographic and Arts & Exhibitions International organized the show, which will run from Dec. 14 through May 27, 2013.

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 Widely associated with pirates and known as the 'Jolly Roger,' the skull and crossbones flag was first used by Irish-born pirate Edward England. Image licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

Widely associated with pirates and known as the ‘Jolly Roger,’ the skull and crossbones flag was first used by Irish-born pirate Edward England. Image licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.