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Real Pirates at theNAT


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Date: 2/27/2014
Time: 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

San Diego Natural History Museum
1788 El Prado, Balboa Park
San Diego, CA 92101
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Primary Contact
Jennie Van Meter

Online registration is now closed. Walk in registrations will be accepted.

Event Details

A Triton Family event: spouses and children welcome!

Triton swashbucklers, rogues, and scurvy dogs: your time has come! UCSD Alumni, Chancellor’s Associates, and the UCSD Library invite you to experience National Geographic’s Real Pirates exhibit at the San Diego Natural History Museum as part of our UC San Diego Triton Family museum night. Journey back in time with us to get a taste of the Golden Age of Piracy, when Captain “Black Sam” Bellamy, the “Prince of Pirates,” sailed the Caribbean and Atlantic seas raiding ships. You’ll have a chance to view actual treasure chests of coins, gold, jewelry, and weapons from the Whydah, a pirate ship that sank off the coast of Cape Cod nearly 300 years ago, and climb aboard a replica of the ship.

You will also have a chance to view some of the rare and original texts that shaped our understanding of the Golden Age of Piracy from the Library’s Mandeville Special Collections. The Library’s Hill Collection of Pacific Voyages is the world’s largest of books and other materials documenting early voyages of exploration and discovery on the high seas.

Our Museum host will be Susan Loveall, Muir ’82, Vice President, CFO and COO of the San Diego Natural History Museum. The evening’s exclusive offerings include a talk from UC San Diego Professor of History Mark Hanna, an authority on the rise and fall of pirates during the first British Empire, and a collaborator with UC San Diego Library’s Mandeville Special Collections on theNAT’s Real Pirates exhibit. Attendees will also enjoy access to the entire second floor of the museum, the Atrium, and the gift shop.

About the Exhibit

National Geographic’s Real Pirates: The Untold Story of the Whydah from Slave Ship to Pirate Ship tells the true story of the Whydah — a real pirate ship that sank in a fierce storm off the coast of Cape Cod, Mass. on April 26, 1717. Featuring more than 200 artifacts recovered from the ocean floor, the exhibit offers an unprecedented glimpse into the unique economic, political and social circumstances of the early 18th-century Caribbean. The exhibition is highlighted by the compelling stories of the diverse people whose lives converged on the vessel before it sank.

About Professor Mark Hanna

Mark Hanna, a professor of history at UC San Diego, earned his Ph.D. from Harvard University in 2006 and completed his dissertation on “The Pirate Nests: The Impact of Piracy on Newport and Charles Town, 1670-1730.” Hanna teaches a class titled “The Golden Age of Piracy,” which traces the role of sea navigators in transforming global politics and commerce. In February 2013, he curated the exhibit “Pirates in Print: Seafaring Treasures of the Mandeville Special Collections Library,” which showcased first editions of seminal books about the Golden Age of Piracy, drawing from the 2,000-plus works in UC San Diego Library’s Hill Collection of Pacific Voyages.