Underwater Explorer and Alumnus Barry Clifford to Share Pirate Tales at Western, Feb. 7

Feb. 2, 2012 — Barry Clifford, a Western State College of Colorado alumnus who discovered the first fully authenticated pirate ship, will share his high seas adventures during a free presentation on Tuesday, Feb. 7 at the college.

The presentation, “The Untold Story of the Whydah: From Slave Ship to Pirate Ship,” starts at 7 p.m. in the Prosser Theater of the College Center. Clifford will present a slide show of the Whydah expedition and artifacts, as well as his discoveries at "Pirate Island" off the coast of Madagascar. A dessert reception will follow the presentation.

Clifford, a 1969 Western history alumnus, is among the world’s best-known underwater archaeologic explorers. He made headlines with his 1984 discovery of the remains of the Whydah Galley, wrecked in a storm off Cape Cod in 1717. With more than 100,000 artifacts recovered and conserved to date, this project has vastly expanded the public’s understanding of 18th century piracy. Artifacts from the Whydah have been on display nationwide as part of a traveling exhibition, “Real Pirates,” under the sponsorship of The National Geographic Society.

Seating is limited. Please call the Alumni Relations office at (970) 943-2493 to reserve a seat.

Date: 
Thursday, February 23, 2012 - 12:00pm