There are thousands of wrecks off the Cape. The Whydah was a slave ship turned pirate ship after its plundering in the Bahamas by 'Black Sam' Bellamy. The pirate captain then set sail for New England. In 1717 a nor'easter sunk the vessel off Wellfleet's Marconi Beach with $400 million in treasure onboard. It took over 250 years to find the scattered wreckage just a few hundred feet from shore. The booty is at the Whydah Pirate Museum in West Yarmouth.
When the Whydah ran aground the governor sent a local cartographer, Cyprian Southack, to the site to record the event. The map maker could see the boat from shore and was eyewitness to it slowly disappearing into the Atlantic. This is his drawing, a real life treasure map. Barry Clifford found the treasure in 1984 using it.
Real coin from the pirate treasure
After buying a metal detector we went looking looking for treasure, and this is my first ever find, a live bullet
Craig found Jaxson's dog tag
Marconi Beach, where the first radio signal from America to Europe was transmitted in 1903, and where the Whydah went down
Fly fishing the Coonamessett River for native brookies