When Barry Clifford first got the itch to hunt for treasure he bought a boat and started searching the coastal waters of his native Cape Cod. The target was the infamous Whydah: a slave ship captured by pirates in the 1700’s that sank off the coast of Massachusetts in 1717.
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In 1984, he discovered the first artifacts that would lead to a massive find. After a few years of tireless searching, Clifford struck gold… literally. For the next 30 years, Clifford and his team of divers, excavators and archaeologists continued to unearth the treasure trove, whose unheard of value is estimated at over $400 million.
But Clifford is unlike most treasure hunters.
Before Clifford found his first hint of the treasure lurking off the coast, he determined not to sell one single coin… no matter the price it would collect. Instead, Clifford and his team are dedicated to keeping the entirety of the treasure intact to preserve the cultural heritage in its entirety. The collection is like no other on earth.
Clifford and his team have no easy task. Every artifact is buried 15-3o feet under the sand so that they are forced to dig for every morsel of history. It’s an incredible undertaking.
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