The Whydah, a three-masted galley ship, was launched in London, England in 1715. Captained by Lawrence Prince, the Whydah was commissioned as a heavily armed trading ship for use in the Atlantic slave trade. After two years of service, she was seized by Captain Bellamy and his pirate crew. Bellamy sailed the Whydah as a pirate ship for two months, attacking and plundering over 50 ships. With a ship full of treasure, Bellamy set a course for home, Cape Cod.