Barry Clifford got the itch to be a treasure hunter back in the 1980’s, so he bought a boat, some equipment and started the hunt. 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.
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.
Clifford isn’t like other treasure hunters though.
Before Clifford found his first hint of the treasure, 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.
Recovering the treasure and artifacts is 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 is an incredible amount of work.
Check out the story and some of the treasure in the video below!
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