Captain Kidd ‘back from grave’ for Museum of London Docklands exhibition
The notorious pirate Captain Kidd is rising from his grave today for one day to give away some ‘plunder’ and protest his innocence—200 years too late.
He is touring London in a ‘pirate taxi’ promoting the Captain Kidd exhibition opening tomorrow at the Museum of London Docklands near Canary Wharf.
It coincides with the anniversary of his hanging on May 23, 1701, at Execution Dock in Wapping.
Youngsters are being encouraged to follow him on Twitter or Facebook to find out where he is today and the passwords needed to secure his loot. He is giving away 500 ‘pieces of eight’ on his tour.
The exhibition which runs until October 30 focuses on the truth of how 17th century London’s corrupt political scene was wrapped in piracy. “Captain Kidd was enmeshed in intrigue with corrupt MPs and the mighty East India Company,” said the museum’s maritime curator Tom Wareham. “The ‘Skull & Crossbones’ may not have fluttered over ships in the Thames, but many pirates were here at one time or another. This exhibition helps bring Captain Kidd back to life.”
William Kidd died protesting his innocence claiming papers vital for his defence, showing his treasure was legitimate booty fighting the French, were stolen just before his trial.
They were eventually discovered in 1911 — two centuries too late to save his neck.
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