The Legend of Pirate Sam Bellamy and the Doomed Ship Whydah

An award-winning poem


  • Are you interested in investigating the Golden Age of Piracy (1680-1730)?
  • Would you like to involve students (and audiences) in the life and times of a famous pirate?

Delve into the life of British-born sailor Samuel Bellamy after he arrived on Cape Cod, and his brief but successful stint as a pirate captain between 1715-1717.

The best resources are ones that can be used in a variety of ways and across a wide age range. This poem is one of them! It’s absolutely fabulous when acted out on stage.

*For teachers of history, music, art, drama, or English. Grades 8-12 See LOOK INSIDE! to the left for a preview.


“This poem describes historical events, and thus real people. It is a delightful poem, a fascinating story, and all the work to perform it is available, including music. Using these materials would be a great way for students to learn about the Golden Age of Piracy. It is also just a fun read. I highly recommend this book.” L. Gilley, university professor

“I saw Rebecca Locklear on stage working with students. I was impressed by the staging and seamless movement combined with background music and student sound effects. … Captivating. Well-written. Memorable.” Amazon customer

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