The lost wreckage of a ship belonging to 17th century pirate Captain Henry Morgan has been discovered in Panama, said a team of U.S. archaeologists — and the maker of Captain Morgan rum. Near the Lajas Reef, where Morgan lost five ships in 1671 including his flagship “Satisfaction,” the team uncovered a portion of the starboard side of a wooden ship’s hull and a series of unopened cargo boxes and chests encrusted in coral. The cargo has yet to be opened, but Captain Morgan USA — which sells the spiced rum named for the eponymous pirate — is clearly hoping there’s liquor in there.
The Captain Morgan rum group stepped in on the quest for Captain Morgan after team — which found a collection of iron cannons nearby — ran out of funds before they could narrow down the quest. The new funding allowed the team to do a magnetometer survey, which looks for metal by finding any deviation in the earth’s magnetic field.
“When the opportunity arose for us to help make this discovery mission possible, it was a natural fit for us to get involved. The artifacts uncovered during this mission will help bring Henry Morgan and his adventures to life in a way never thought possible,” said Tom Herbst, brand director of Captain Morgan USA, in a statement.
In the 17th century, Captain Henry Morgan sailed as a privateer on behalf of England, defending the Crown’s interests and pioneering expeditions to the New World. In 1671, in an effort to capture Panama City and loosen the stronghold of Spain in the Caribbean, Morgan set out to take the Castillo de San Lorenzo, a Spanish fort on the cliff overlooking the entrance to the Chagres River, the only water passageway between the Caribbean and the capital city.