Barry Clifford, explorer and underwater archaeologist, discovered the first artifacts of the pirate ship Whydah in 1984. The ship sank after she was driven aground during a violent nor’easter and then dragged free by violent waves, capsizing off the coast of Cape Cod in 1717.
This video by Great Big Story has more about the discovery:
In total, Clifford has recovered treasure — including gold, silver and jewelry — that is valued at more than $400 million. The hoard can be seen at the Whydah Pirate Museum in West Yarmouth, Massachusetts.
The museum is open seasonally. After closing on Jan. 2, 2017, it will reopen on St. Patrick’s Day.