The Science Museum of Minnesota presently has a special exhibit about pirates. This centers on artifacts from the pirate ship, Whydah. Whydah is pronounced Wi-dah, rather like saying the word widow very quickly. It is an English version of a Nigerian port name.
The most sought ship for capture was a slave ship - a fact that mystifies visitors to this exhibit in the beginning. A slave ship was desired, not for the cargo, but for the ship. A slave ship was well fortified. A slave ship was large -- it had space for a large pirate crew and had a kitchen facility for cooking for a large crew, and had space left over for storage of captured goods.A slave ship was captured in the Caribbean after the slaves were ashore and then at the time the ship was transporting a different cargo such as rum to New England.
The Whydah sunk off the coast of New England in late April, 1717, when Bellamy was returning to New England to find his sweetheart. A few survivors struggled to shore and were eventually convicted of being pirates, except for one crew member who was part American Indian and was sold into slavery due to his ethnicity. Bellamy died in the ship wreck. Because the ship sunk quite close to shore, everyone through the generations knew it was there.
In the late 20th century Barry Clifford led the effort to find the ship.
The exhibit shows some finds from the ship.
After a view of real things, one moves to an area of models and reproductions.
Here is a model of the ship.