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Pirate Shipwrecks of Port Royal

Author(s): Chad M. Gulseth

Year: 2013

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History’s most successful pirate, Captain Bartholomew Roberts, was killed by the British Royal Navy in 1722. The three vessels Roberts commanded were taken as prizes and sailed to Port Royal, Jamaica to be sold. However, after being in port for only two weeks, a hurricane struck Jamaica and destroyed more than 50 vessels in the harbor. Roberts’ 40-gun flagship, Royal Fortune, and the 24-gun consort, Little Ranger, were lost. The third pirate vessel, Great Ranger, was heavily damaged and sank after a lack of repair.

This past summer, four graduate students from the Texas A & M University Nautical Archaeology Program traveled to Port Royal, Jamaica to record the remains of the Great Ranger, and locate the wreckage of the Royal Fortune and Little Ranger.   

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Pirate Shipwrecks of Port Royal. Chad M. Gulseth. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Leicester, England, U.K. 2013 ( tDAR id: 428632)


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min long: -129.199; min lat: 24.495 ; max long: -66.973; max lat: 49.359 ;

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PaperId(s): 361

Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America