What do you get when you dredge up a 300-year-old pirate ship? You get a bunch of salty guns, a rusty sword, and coral-encrusted casks. This isn’t some scene out of dapper Depp’s collection of yo-ho-ho blockbusters. This is history plain-and-simple. This is history-in-the-making. I’ll quit rambling and cut to the chase already.
In 2010, a posse of underwater achaeologists (definitely the coolest job since Indiana Jones) discovered a seventeenth-century wooden shipwreck believed to be one of the five ships Captain Morgan lost in 1671 on the shallow Lajas Reef, just off the coast of Panama.
Captain Morgan’s Lost Fleet Found
This summer, the team recovered a sword, multiple chests, wooden barrels and cargo seals from the shipwreck. Further study, assisted by English artillery experts in London will help identify the artifacts aboard the wreck – and ultimately verify the ship’s origin.
This is what the hull of a 300-year-old pirate ship looks like.
Frederick “Fritz” Hanselmann, Research Faculty and the Chief Underwater Archaeologist/Dive Training Officer with the River Systems Institute and the Center for Archaeological Studies at Texas State University, as well as the director of the Lost Ships of Henry Morgan Project, shows off his sword.