"Black" Samuel Bellamy was reputed to be the richest pirate in booty terms. And now, perhaps, they have found his body.
In 1716, he was first recorded as sailing under Captain Hernigold, who quit his post because he didn't like seizing and looting British craft. In true pirate fashion, once he had gone, the crew held an election, in which Bellamy was voted captain, presumably because he didn't have the same scruples.
He thought his piratical existence was justified. According to the legend, he declared that the British aristocracy was no better.
They vilify us, the Scoundrels do, when there is only this Difference, they rob the Poor under the Cover of Law, forsooth, and we plunder the Rich under the Protection of our own Courage.
In March 1717, Bellamy and his cruise captured the Whydah, a slave ship returning to London from the Caribbean with the profit made from carting Black captives to the slave market -- gold ivory, sugar, and the immensely valuable dye, indigo. A few more prizes were taken, but then the little fleet was overtaken by a tempest, and on the night of May 17, the Whydah ran aground on a sandbar, near Wellfleet, Massachusetts. Naturally, since then there have been strenuous efforts to bring up the cargo.
Well, according to a report in the New Zealand Herald, the last resting place of a number of the crew of the Whydah has been discovered.