Mobile’s pirate exhibit suddenly timely

April 23, 2009 | By | Comments (7)

Pirate ship 

Remember back when pirates evoked images of Johnny Depp and Peter Pan, not Navy Seal snipers and hostages?

The Museum of Mobile Bay does.

Its timely pirates exhibit explores the myths and mystique of the bad boys (and girls) of the sea, like Jean Laffite and Edward Teach, aka Black Beard.

The exhibit examines the historical and economic forces that fueled piracy from the 17th to the early 19th centuries. "Florida's East Coast Pirates" is on loan from the Museum of Arts and Sciences, Daytona Beach. It traces the history of piracy on the East and Gulf coasts. Artifacts include pirate weapons and treasure recovered from shipwrecks. One dagger even has the requisite skull and crossbones. The exhibit remains until July 4.

Photo by earcos via Flickr

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