Monday, Feb. 19, 2018|2:34 p.m.
YARMOUTH, Mass.– Scientists state they’re working to use DNA to determine whether a human bone recuperated from a Cape Cod shipwreck comes from the notorious pirate Samuel “Black Sam” Bellamy.
The Whydah Pirate Museum in Yarmouth, Massachusetts, publicly displayed the bone Monday. The bone was found near what is thought to be Bellamy’s pistol.
The objects were pulled from the Whydah Gally shipwreck several years back.
The museum has actually enlisted forensic researchers to extract DNA and compare it with DNA from a living Bellamy descendant. Evaluating will take about a month when it gets the sample.
The Whydah sank in 1717. The wreck was found in 1984. The majority of its treasure is thought to remain on the ocean floor.
The museum calls it America’s variation of King Tut’s tomb.