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Searching for a Pirate Flagship in Panama (Video)

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From 1663-1671 Captain Henry Morgan pillaged the sea ports of Latin America and sacked Panama City, one of the wealthiest in the area. He lost many vessels during his years as a privateer, one of which was his flagship ‘Satisfaction’ during his raid on Panama City. Jonathan Kingston accompanied archeologist Fredrick Hanselmann on an expedition to map a shipwreck in Panama that might be the missing Satisfaction and to retrieve artifacts from the vessel and surrounding sea floor.

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Captain Morgan’s flagship found?

From 1663-1671 Captain Henry Morgan pillaged the sea ports of Latin American from Mexico all the way to Venezuela with the silent support of the British crown. In 1671, with a fleet of 36 ships, 239 guns and 1,846 men under his command – possibly the largest pirate fleet ever assembled in the new world – Morgan sacked Panama City, one of the wealthiest in the area, and thus helped to loosen the Spanish hold in the ‘new world’. Morgan’s exploits made him a wealthy man and he was even knighted for his efforts. However, as one would expect, he lost many vessels during his years as a privateer, one of which was his flagship ‘Satisfaction‘, during his raid on Panama City.

Jonathan Kingston accompanied archeologist Fredrick Hanselmann on an expedition to map a shipwreck in Panama that might be the missing Satisfaction and to retrieve artifacts from the vessel and surrounding sea floor. Hanselmann discovered the ship in 2011 near the mouth of the Chagres River but, at first, did not have permission from the Panamanian government to raise anything from the wreck. In 2012 Hanselmann was granted permits from the Panamanian government so that artifacts could be removed from the shipwreck and preserved. During the expedition, Kingston documented the shipwreck site, artifacts recovered, as well as Fort San Lorenzo – a Spanish fort conquered by Morgan’s men – near where the ship was discovered.

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