Captain Morgan Helps Archaeologists Search For Iconic Pirate’s Lost Fleet (Video)

By Jay Casteel   /   Published 08/10/12

While most people associate Captain Morgan with the image on a rum bottle, the derives from a Royal Navy Admiral/pirate from the 1600s. The popular rum company, for the third year in a row, helped a team of leading U.S. archaeologists search for a fleet of ships the iconic real-life privateer lost in the Caribbean in 1671.

This mini-clip offers a look into their mission, which was launched in September 2010, when the team discovered six iron cannons belonging to Morgan off the coast of Panama, and continued last summer with the exciting discovery of a 17th century wooden shipwreck, potentially one of the five ships Morgan lost at the mouth of the Chagres River, including his flagship "Satisfaction."

This summer, the team returned to Panama to excavate historic artifacts from the shipwreck in hopes of confirming its origin. Throughout the field season, the team recovered a sword, chests and wooden barrels, which are currently being preserved at the Patronato Panam√° Viejo (Old Panama Trust) in Panama City.