Thursday, March 10, 2011

Pirate treasure found!


Oh come on, you can't seriously be tired of me doing that everytime I mention a pirate treasure can you?

This is another story from the web that I have to thank Rob and Homer for sending to me to share with our readers.

This isn't treasure in the truest form but to me, finding anything left behind by a pirate is treasure.

From the web:

Captain Morgan's Cannons Found

What may be the first artifacts from legendary pirate Henry Morgan's shipwrecked vessels near Panama were recently discovered.

Scuba diving archaeologists recently found six cannons from Morgan's vessels that sunk on a mission to capture a fort in the 17th century, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Morgan is a legend in Panama. He's commonly thought of as a pirate, but he was what's called a privateer — a legal pirate. He was paid by the English crown to defend its Caribbean colonies.

The cannons, if truly Morgan's, would be the first artifacts of his that have been found near Panama.

As the story goes, Morgan, along with three ships carrying 470 men, set out to take over a fort guarding the entrance to Panama City. Morgan was sailing on the Satisfaction, his flagship, but all four ships crashed on Lajas Reef in shallow water. Despite losing their ships, Morgan's men still were able to paddle ashore and capture the fort.

The ships were abandoned, and treasure hunters have picked through the reef over the years. The cannons were found covered by layers of sedimentary rock in the shallow water. At least two other guns are buried nearby, as well as an anchor, ceramics and bottles. Metal detectors indicated that more artifacts may be buried deeper.

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