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Traveling exhibit explores life on the seven seas, matey

Pirates, Privateers and Buccaneers, the South Carolina State Museum’s traveling exhibit, will make patrons avast (that’s stop in pirate lingo) and gasp as the world of pirates comes alive, which opened Thursday, March 21, at the North Myrtle Beach Area Historical Museum.

The story of Blackbeard, who blockaded Charleston Harbor in 1718 prior to his death in North Carolina, can be found in this traveling exhibit along with the stories of many other pirates.

The exhibit will thrill those who have always been fascinated by these desperadoes of the seas. This exhibit will dispel a number of popular myths about pirates, such as that they made their victims walk the plank and used phrases such as ‘arrr’ and ‘matey,’ which are fictions of Hollywood. This exhibit will also address the problem of modern piracy dispelling another popular myth that pirates disappeared a long time ago.

This exhibit was developed by the South Carolina State Museum with research, collaboration and assistance from the North Carolina Museum of History, the Queen Anne’s Revenge Project of the North Carolina Office of State Archaeology and the North Carolina Maritime Museum.

Pirates, Privateers and Buccaneers of the Carolinas is a part of a traveling exhibition which will tour the state through the South Carolina State Museum’s Traveling Exhibitions Program. The Traveling Exhibitions Program gives galleries, museums and art centers across South Carolina the opportunity to request the exhibit to tour their facilities, thus providing additional exposure for the selected artists. Pirates, Privateers and Buccaneers can be seen at the North Myrtle Beach Area Historical Museum through Saturday, September 28.

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