The Official Drink of Underwater Archaeologists

How do you get a distillery named after you? Become an underwater archaeologist!

Source: Center for Archaeological Studies, Texas State University, San Marcos

The Lost Ships of Henry Morgan Project announced in February of 2011 that they uncovered 6 cannons believed to belong to Captain Morgan. —Past Horizons

The team was composed of researchers from a number of institutions including Texas State University, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the Waitt Institute, National Geographic, and the Instituto Nacional de Cultura of Panama. The team was led by James Delgado (Director of Maritime Heritage for the Office of National Marine Sanctuaries of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration), Frederick Hanselmann (Research Faculty and Chief Underwater Archaeologist with the River Systems Institute and Center for Archaeological Studies at Texas State University), and Dominique Rissolo (Executive Director of the Waitt Institute). Their project is a part of the Rio Chagres Maritime Cultural Landscape Study.

Prior to reading the Past Horizons article, I did not know that Captain Morgan was a real person. Apparently he was.

Source: US Navy via ouramazingplanet.com

Check out Chapter IV in The Buccaneers of America.

Also check out his Wikipedia or his biography at About.com. If you have a better source for information on him, email me! I couldn’t find anything. archaeofieldtech@gmail.com

Back to the story–

Captain Henry Morgan was a Welsh privateer hired by the British government to harass the Spanish. The cannons found by the Lost Ships of Henry Morgan Project are thought to be from Morgan’s raid on Panama City via Rio Chagres and the Castillo de San Lorenzo el Real de Chagres.

Source: Life.com via Google Images

Imagine the scene above (from an attack in Venezuela) in the mouth of the river below:

Source: Texas State University, San Marcos Credit: James Delgado

Morgan sent some of his men ahead of him to capture the Castillo San Lorenzo, which they did. Then Morgan arrived with his flagship the Satisfaction and 3 or 4 other ships.

Source: Google Images

They ran aground on the Lajas reef! And that is where the cannons were found. The cannons were then analyzed by Dr. Ruth Brown (a cannon expert) and dated to the 1600s. Therefore- the cannons are from Captain Morgan’s fleet that attacked Panama in 1671.

Source: Texas State University, San Marcos Credit: Frederick Hanselmann

Source: Texas State University, San Marcos Credit: Frederick Hanselmann

The cannons will be held and displayed at el Patronato Panamá Viejo in Panama City.

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