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Post  Betep on Sun Dec 20, 2015 11:10 pm

Pirate museum may open at former ZooQuarium site

The sprawling former ZooQuarium, which has sat vacant on the banks of Parkers River since its doors closed in 2013, may soon regain its status as a tourist destination, but this time visitors won’t be coming to see wrestling bears, albino alligators, harbor seals and trained sea gulls.
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There is so much potential there, I hope it works well. Perhaps the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute could have some space in the building. And sharks. :shark-love:

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Post  Betep on Sun Dec 27, 2015 2:50 pm

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Post  Admin on Tue Mar 01, 2016 9:54 am


WRECK OF THE WHYDAH
ZooQuarium to become pirate museum
Barry Clifford closes deal on Route 28 property in West Yarmouth


By Christine Legere

Posted Feb. 29, 2016 at 9:11 PM
Updated at 6:45 AM

WEST YARMOUTH — The underwater explorer who discovered the 300 year-old Whydah under several feet of sand and ocean debris in 1984 hopes to open a pirate museum on the shore of Parkers River in July, offering residents and tourists a close-up look at the booty Captain “Black Sam” Bellamy and his crew amassed before the ship went down off the Wellfleet coast.

Barry Clifford’s proposal took a giant step forward last week, when he finalized the purchase of the sprawling ZooQuarium property on Route 28. While the site was listed at $1.2 million, Clifford picked it up for $890,000.

Local officials are looking forward to the redevelopment of a prime property that has been mostly abandoned for the past three years.

“The pirate museum is a wonderful addition to Yarmouth’s Route 28 and it will continue the tradition of family-friendly entertainment at the site,” wrote Karen Greene, Yarmouth’s community development director, in an email. “It will be a source of pride for residents and will draw visitors from all over the Cape.”

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Post  Admin on Mon May 23, 2016 2:19 am

Bridge over Parkers River to be replaced

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WEST YARMOUTH — The environmental benefits of replacing the Parkers River bridge on Route 28 have been known for more than a decade, and now that the town has the $5 million in hand to get the job done, years of talk will soon turn into action.

Construction of a precast concrete and metal bridge with a 30-foot span, to replace the current 18-foot bridge, could be underway by December, and Town Planner Kathleen Williams says she believes it can be completed in a year’s time, if work can continue uninterrupted.

Because one lane will stay open to traffic on the bridge during the entire project, officials hope the Massachusetts Department of Transportation won't require a hiatus in construction for the summer months, Williams said.

“Then we could finish the loaming and seeding the following spring,” she said.

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Post  Admin on Sat Jun 04, 2016 12:55 am

Pirate booty comes to West Yarmouth

By Christine Legere

Posted Jun. 3, 2016 at 9:08 PM

WEST YARMOUTH — More than 30 years after the wreck of the famed pirate ship Whydah was first discovered off the coast of Wellfleet, its treasure has found a new home on Route 28 on the shores of the Parkers River.

Barry Clifford, the underwater explorer who found the remains of the Whydah buried beneath heavy layers of sand and marine debris in 1984, provided a tantalizing look Friday of what visitors can expect when the museum opens to the public on June 17.

“It’s an experience they won’t get anywhere else,” Clifford said. “And the fact that it’s about pirates makes it all the more exciting.”

Set up in the building that once housed the ZooQuarium on Parker’s River is a treasure trove — or more accurately, a pirates’ treasure trove — of artifacts that sank to the ocean floor with the Whydah during a fierce nor’easter in 1717.

Although only 500 feet from shore, all but two of the 146 pirates on board that night were dragged to their deaths.

The collection from the Whydah, owned by Clifford, runs the gamut from unwieldy cannons and other pirate mainstays, like pistols, muskets and swords, to decorative pieces like engraved cufflinks, buckles and buttons, and jewelry made of Akan gold from the mines of West Africa. There is also an array of utilitarian items, including pewter plates and eating utensils, and a long needle used to stitch the sails.

Most of the artifacts from the Whydah that will be on display have never been seen before locally, since the items were part of a National Geographic exhibit called “Real Pirates — The Untold Story of the Whydah, from Slave Ship to Pirate Ship,” that traveled the U.S. and Europe for eight years.

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