In August. 14, 2017 pictures, Marie Kesten Zahn, an archaeologist and education coordinator at the Whydah Pirate Museum in West Yarmouth, Mass., touch the concretion around a bone that was saved from the Whydah shipwreck off the coast of Wellfleet on Cape Cod. Researchers are working to determine whether the remains belong to Samuel “Black Sam” Bellamy, the captain of the ship. (Merrily Cassidy/Cape Cod Times via AP)
The researchers set about their efforts to determine whether the human bones recovered from a Cape Cod stranding are those of the notorious pirate Samuel “Black Sam” Bellamy.
The Whydah Pirate Museum in Yarmouth, Massachusetts, says it will also publicly display the bones for the first time and show what they believe to be Bellamy’s gun Monday.
The objects were encapsulated in a hardened mass of sand and stone pulled out of the Whydah Gally wreck of a few years ago.
The museum has enlisted the help of forensic scientists to compare DNA from the bones to an example given by one of Bellamy’s living descendants.
The Whydah went down in stormy seas in 1717, killing most of her crew and leaving her treasure on the bottom of the sea. The wreck was discovered in 1984.