” Blackbirds tend to like Shiny Things” ~ The Bloody Raven
I hate to admit it but Captain Morgan is not really a Pirate. Sad isn’t it? As I pour myself a shot of his finest Rum. And he didn’t invent the rum either. As I study the man, all my preconceptions of the handsome legendary Buccaneer goes up in smoke with each gulp. The Seagram Company lifted his slogan, “Live like a Captain.”
I blame a movie that went by the name of Captain Blood starring Errol Flynn who portrayed the famous Welsh, YES WELSH!, Captain Henry Morgan that terrorized the Spanish main.
What separated a Pirate from a Privateer was a Letter of Marque by the English Crown giving Captain Henry Morgan the unofficial license to commit ‘Pirate-like’ activities against England’s rival Spain in undermining their authority. Then against the Dutch in the Dutch-Anglo war. He got damn good at it too.
Morgan’s flag ship was named, The Satisfaction, a ship that’s believed to have been captured by Morgan in a raid on Santiago de Cuba in 1662. Then the ship is believed lost on the shallow reefs along with four other ships of his 33 ship fleet on his Panama City raid that took place 1671.
And just before his famous capture of Panama City he had to first take Castillo de San Lorenzo, the Spanish Fort guarding the entrance of the Chagres River in order to get upriver close to Panama City.
In 2012 a team from a variety of organizations with divers from Texas State University excavated the site near the Lajas Reef of Panama that was reported to be Morgan’s Flagship. Even the maker of Captain Morgan Rum (Diageo PLC), known as The Captain Morgan Rum Group, entered into the quest. There is no doubt that Diageo PLC would see this as ideal publicity by supporting the effort and funded the project just as the original funds ran out.
Known Artifacts of Morgan’s recovered are deemed property of Panama and displayed at the Old Panama Trust in Panama City.
Where is Jamaica?
The Pretty Banknote for those into banknotes
For Captain Henry Morgan, eventually a temporary peace was established between the English and the Spanish. Morgan was arrested and jailed for Piracy to assuage Spanish demands. Morgan’s jailing was considered quite light for the charges and conviction of piracy often meant death.
It wasn’t long until that peace ended. With the Dutch-Anglo war threatening the English’s lucrative sugar imports from the West Indies King Charles II freed, knighted and set him as governor of Jamaica.
Almost a happy ending for Governor Morgan as he essentially retired at the Center of Piracy in the city of Port Royal in Jamaica. Married to Mary Elizabeth Morgan since 1665 but with no known descendants Governor Henry Morgan died of Cirrhosis of the liver and that was likely due to excessive drinking in 1688.
And the other Morgans in my life.
One of nine Morgan dollars from my Father’s estate and it’s a beauty huh? She doesn’t look bad for being 122 years of age does she?
“Tis me drinking mate that I ‘ave shared plenty of drinks an’ anxieties wit’, never a curse word, an’ always bend his ear t’ me. Dashin an’ ‘andsome fellow in his bright crimson frock coat and matchin’ Tricorn hat, if yea not portly n’fancy with liver issues like the real Captain Morgan of history.”
I hope you enjoyed this very seafaring feature
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