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Considering privateering has always been a lifelong dream of mine, ever since I watched Captain Blood with Errol Flynn. If you don't know it, then you might remember a scene in Goonies where they slide down a sail and scream "Hey you guys!" it's from the Errol Flynn movie. I am a historian first, and a unique seeker of facts second. So, for today's travel inspiration I considered pirate islands. It's getting close to island time anyway. If you want to see some places that real pirates actually inhabited then check out the rest of this post. You might want to watch a little of Black Sails as well before you go off into uncharted waters.
Port Royal, a bloodthirsty and bawdy place.
Port Royal, located in Jamaica was once a stronghold for freelancing entrepreneurs who were into the slash and steal lifestyle. Yes, me harty's I am am talking about yon pirates. Pirates, literary sea rats men who took to the ocean to change their drudgery of a life actually spent their booty in Port Royal. They tossed coins at brothels and shared spit cleaned pewter cups at taverns and of course hit, slapped, killed, raped, stole and slept wherever they damn well pleased.
The most wickedest place on earth, as it was actually called was not only famous for lawbreaking sea rats, but for a rum known as Kill Devil Rum. This rum was strong enough to kill the devil, with of course it's famous blackout inducing effects. While it was famous in Port Royal, the Outer Banks distillery claims fame to the product.
By the late 1600's it was the second largest compared to Boston, in the world. The place was so run by pirate trade that in 1675 Henry Morgan became its Lieutenant Governor. He is sometimes recanted as a pirate and instead called a buccaneer, an entrepreneur, a plunderer. He began to shut down the filthy pirating as a governor, lamenting on the age of his refined buccaneering as being gone with the wind. He died before the earthquake took the lamentable souls away.
Port Royal ran into a slip though, in 1692 an earthquake shook it into the sea. The city was built on sand, so the 7.5 earthquake sent rivets through the developments. They were sucked into the earth, like a horror movie. Yes, there were tsunami waves as well that took the lost souls and materials out to sea. 33 acres of the city were destroyed, the graveyards were covered by water, allowing the bodies of the long dead to mingle with the freshly killed. Such a scene was never heard of to be sure.
The "Sodom of the New World" dared not disappoint those few good souls, so the looting began as the earthquake gulped down citizens and livestock. Those that survived the disaster then became ill with diseases that are caused by drinking and living in water sources that are polluted with human remains. The bodies were not all able to be pushed out to sea or caught in the waters cracks. So they remained and fermented in the heat causing many to die of "malignant" fevers.
It's a world heritage site, designated as one because of the caliber of preservation going on in the harbor where large sections of the pirate stronghold have been preserved naturally.
One survivor, Rev. Dr. Heath, rector of Port Royal recalled, "we heard the Church and Tower fall, upon which we ran to save ourselves; I...made towards Morgan's Fort, because being a wide open place I thought to be there securest from the falling houses; but as I made towards it, I saw the earth open and swallow a multitude of people; and the sea mounting in upon us over the fortification."
Edmund Heath wrote this recollection in a safe ship, and shuddered no doubt at the memory. Now gone to time, Port Royal has been reduced significantly to 1800 residents who consider themselves Port Royalians, not just Jamaicans. The city was struck by hurricanes, and another earthquake which made some people hit the road. Can't blame them, but it does make it more interesting to travel, and scavenge.
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Port Royal is there under the water, but most of the time you will need special government access to get there if you want to dive.
Fort Charles: while you are there and walk on the only thing to survive the 1692 earthquake. It used be surrounded by water, but the centuries have covered it in silt. No worries mate!
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