'Yellow Brick Road' and 'One Eyed Willy' ... tonight's blog is in search of treasure, and there's no make believe here.
The infamous Whydah Gally went down in a storm in 1717 off Cape Cod in Massachusetts. Some say it took with it a massive booty, including 400,000 gold and silver coins.
The wreck was found in 1984, but not all its treasure. And many believe it's all at the end of a 'yellow brick road.'
Explorer Barry Clifford believes he has found a trail of gold coins that will lead him to the priceless plunder.
The Whydah Gally was a British slave ship that was captured by the infamous 'Black Sam' Bellamy. The story is that the ship broke up, the stern drifted away after the ship went down in a gale force storm.
Bellamy and his crew of 143 pirates went down with the ship. Only two survivors lived to tell the tale.
Well, Explorer Barry Clifford discovered the wreck site back in 1984. He has since pulled up 200,000 artifacts, including gold ornaments, sword handles, and even a boy's leg.
But Clifford learned there could be far more treasure resting below. The Whydah is the only authenticated pirate shipwreck in U.S. waters.
So now Clifford has headed toward the 'yellow brick road,' which refers to a gold and artifact-strewn path extending between two significant sites at the Whydah wreck that are about 700 feet apart - a cannon pile and a large chunk of wood that Clifford thinks is the Whydah's stern.
A problem though is that divers have had to work in 'black water,' or zero-visibility.
So the crew is using X-rays, and they are finding proof of high concentrations of metals and coins.
Weather, however, is causing its share of problems. The worsening weather and boat problems after a recent lightning strike will halt the searches until next June.
It's a delay that he can hardly stand.
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