Lost Fleet of Captain Morgan Found?

Underwater archaeologists have uncovered the remains of what they believe are three ships that belonged to the infamous Welsh privateer Captain Henry Morgan.

Morgan was an English privateer (a common euphemism for political pirates) that targeted the Spanish fleet during the 17th century. Henry Morgan was, arguably, the most successful and bloodthirsty of the English pirates operating in the region under the official sanction of the British monarchy.

In 1671, Morgan and his men lay siege to the Spanish Fort Castillo de San Lorenzo in Panama. While ultimately successful, he lost his flag ship and several other vessels in the process.

Archaeologists of the wrecks have uncovered a series of wooden planks, 17th century canons, and the odds and ends one would expect on a sea-faring vessel of the day (but no gold). To read more about the find, check out the video and article at MSNBC.

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3 thoughts on “Lost Fleet of Captain Morgan Found?

  1. Jim Wheeler

    What a great story!

    Stories of adventure at sea are especially appealing to a career naval officer like myself. The challenge of the forces of nature are nowhere more apparent than on the 70% of our planet that is ocean. The evidence of this in fact is shown in this example and in the accounts of sailors from Horatio Lord Nelson to the heroes of World War II in the Pacific. In fiction, based on fact, it lives in the prose of Joseph Conrad and Daniel Defoe. Man, nature, danger, adventure! What a mix!

    Thanks for reminding us, Jennifer, that history is real.

    Jim

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    1. Jennifer Lockett Post author

      Much thanks for your comment and insight! You are right, the ocean is one of the greatest and most dangerous mysteries to mankind. I wish you would post something a little more personal on your blog – like a few stories from your time at sea! BTW – my father in law is retired navy as well!

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