Pirate Hunters: Treasure, Obsession, and the Search for a

Pirate Hunters: Treasure, Obsession, and the Search for a

❰Reading❯ ➸ Pirate Hunters: Treasure, Obsession, and the Search for a Legendary Pirate Ship Author Robert Kurson – Dudley-ward.co By Bannister had been making the LondonJamaica run for at least four years delivering his cargos and building his reputation In June of that year however the lord president of the Council of Jamaica r❰Reading❯ ➸ Pirate Hunters: Treasure, Obsession, and the Search for a Legendary Pirate Ship Author Robert Kurson – Dudley-ward.co By Bannister had been making the LondonJamaica run for at least four years delivering his cargos and building his reputation In June of that year however the lord president of the Council of Jamaica r By Bannister had been making Treasure, Obsession, ePUB ´ the LondonJamaica run for at least four years delivering Pirate Hunters: MOBI :✓ his cargos and building his reputation In June of that year however the lord president Hunters: Treasure, Obsession, PDF ✓ of the Council of Jamaica received a disturbing letter from the islands governor Thomas Lynch Hunters: Treasure, Obsession, and the MOBI :✓ One Bannister ran away with a ship the Golden Fleece of thirty or forty guns picked up over a hundred men from sloops and from lee ward at Port Royal and has got a French commission Bannister in fact had no commission but he most certainly had stolen the Golden Fleece and hed done so with a single purposeto turn pirate His actions hardly could have been bolder It was near unheard of for a transatlantic captain especially one as well regarded and trusted as Bannister to go on the account as it was said of pirating Even in Port Royal where everything happened few had seen anything like this Lynch didnt sit around and wait for Bannister to return to his senses Instead he ordered the Ruby the biggest and deadliest war ship in the Jamaica fleet to go after the Golden Fleece A monster rated at tons with Hunters: Treasure, Obsession, and the MOBI :✓ forty eight cannons and a crew of the Ruby was a pirate killer down to her timbers Bannister did not intend to make it easy for Lynchs enforcers Since stealing the Golden Fleece he had picked up additional crew robbed a Spanish vessel and made his way to the Cayman Islands to take turtles and gather wood But the Ruby surprised him there and her captain David Mitchell and his crew captured Bannister and put an end to his six week pirate career Lynch was delighted Last night he wrote the Ruby brought in Bannister He took him at Caymanos he has about men on board most of the veriest rogues in these Indies I have ordered the ship and the men to be de livered into the Admiralty and commanded the judge immediately to proceed against them because we do not know how to secure or keep such a number We conclude theyll be found guilty of piracy The case against Bannister was airtight Not only had he stolen the Golden Fleece he had taken two Spaniards captive after attacking their boat The testimony of those two men alone would secure a conviction By now Bannister could only hope for leniency but if he expected it hed chosen the wrong governor under which to become pirate I intend if it proves so to make a terrible example of the captain his lieutenant officers and all the men that have committed other crimes as many of them have Lynch wrote and hope the severity may have some influence on the other rogues that swarm in these In dies By that Lynch meant Bannister would hang His crew if lucky might be whipped jailed or put into irons or stockades If unlucky they might follow Bannister to the gallows The pirates were returned to Port Royal and held aboard the Ruby pending trial One might have expected Bannister to use the time to pen letters of good bye or to contemplate eternity instead he waited for a break in his captors attention then managed to get word to on shore associates to bribe the two Spanish witnesses against him It was an audacious plan and one that even if the connections were made seemed doomed given that the Spaniards had been rescued by the Royal Navy At trial a strong case was made against the pirates But when it came time for the Spaniards to testify they swore backward and for ward that they had sold their boat and cargo to Bannister and that he had paid them to serve as crew aboard the Golden Fleece If that testimony shocked the prosecution at least the governor could still rely on the jury who were certain to see through the ruse But this was Port Royal where ordinary folk remembering whod made their town rich and had infused it with spirit still counted pi rates as neighbors and friends They returned with a verdict not guilty Bannister had cheated the hangman Already a sick man Lynch suffered such disturbance of mind from the verdict that according to accounts he died of it a week later By all rights his replacement should have set Bannister free Instead Hender Molesworth tried to convince the jury to reverse itself but the jurors wouldnt budge Worse Bannister threatened to sue the captain of the Ruby as though Bannister were the honestest man in the world That wasthan Molesworth could take Stretching the boundaries of the lawif not breaking themhe had Bannister re arrested and charged Bail was set at three hundred pounds a staggering amount in an age when the annual wage for a seaman might be twenty pounds Somehow Bannister raised the money and at least for the moment remained free He was not however permitted to leave Port Royal and in any case was likely too broke to do it To make certain he entertained no thoughts of fleeing officials cut down the sails of the Golden Fleece By January five months after the original charges against him were thrown out Bannister was still languishing in Port Royal waiting to be retried He was still waiting when on a dark night in late January he began to make his way through the narrow streets of Port Royal As he crept past taverns and brothels and sleeping families fifty men were already at work aboard the Golden Fleece moving furiously but making no sound Before long Bannister reached Thames Street which ran along the wharf on the northern side of town There he rushed for the Golden Fleece tied up at the docks and stole aboard his former ship Sails were hoisted and lines cut and soon the vessel picked up the breeze and moved out into the harbor Landlocked to the east the harbor offered only one way out to the south and that is where Bannister steered To make it into the open Caribbean he had to hope that no one in town noticed the Golden Fleece missing or sounded the alarm at the sight of a ship moving in the dead of night Even then he would have to pass the twenty six cannons at Fort James and in the unlikely event he were still living after that turn south and get by the thirty eight cannons and hundreds of men at Fort Charles At any point along the way he might be spotted by Royal Navy ships anchored just a mile to the west or by men at work in nearby Chocolata Hole If such a thing as a suicide mission existed in seventeenth century Port Royal Joseph Bannister had just embarked on it Generally winds were calm at night in Port Royal but on this evening Bannister picked up a fresh breeze off the land and began.

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lived or died Soon he could see the guns at Fort Charles the most heavily fortified place in all of Jamaica Staying within a few hundred yards of the shore he ordered his men to ready their plugs chunks of mattress or wood theyd brought to fill holes in the ship they knew would be made when the cannons at Fort Charles began firing A moment later he was at the northern end of the fort and sailing the Golden Fleece for all she was worth waiting for the explosion of cannons but hearing nothingthan the wind in his sails and the crashing of waves against his ship He was perhaps ten minutes from freedom but they would be the most dangerous minutes of his life Passing the first of the cannons he braced for destruction Any one of the guns at Fort Charles could be deadly from a half mile Thirty eight of them together aimed at a single enemy just a few hundred yards away couldnt miss Bannister kept sailing passingof the guns waiting for explosions drawing nearer to the open Caribbean Now abreast of Fort Charles he might have begun to have hope of slipping by undetected but as he passed the fourteenth cannon someone at Fort Charles caught sight of him and notified Major Beckford the forts commander Moments later Beckford sounded the alarm and ordered his cannoneers into action Never before fired in anger the guns at Fort Charles rang furiously now a series of concussions that shook all of Port Royal and must have caused townsfolk to think a foreign force was invading At the sound local militiamen would have been roused by their duty officer and run toward Fort Charles with their muskets Now that the town was alert Bannisters only hope was that darkness would conceal him He would not be so lucky Cannonballs slammed into the Golden Fleece first one then an other then a third but Bannisters men stuffed the splintered holes with plugs and the ship kept sailing and even though the cannons continued to roar the rounds began to fall short and in a few minutes the Golden Fleece had reached the open seas and in another few she disappeared into the mist By now the navy ships would have been roused to action but they were almost certainly anchored and could not hope to get going so suddenly and soon the Golden Fleece and her captain were gone Bannisters escape blindsided Governor Molesworth Still he couldnt hide a grudging respect for the captain Writing to an English colonial official he said of the getaway It came as a great surprise to me for I thought Bannisters want of credit would prevent him from ever getting the ship to sea againyet now he has obtained credit from some persons underhand and has his ship well fitted in every respect It was done so artfully that no one suspected it or I should have found some pretext for securing him Impressed though he might be Molesworth wasted little time in going after Bannister sending Captain Edward Stanley in the four gun sloop Boneta to hunt down the Golden Fleece A light ship with a crew of perhaps ten the ship was likely the smallest in the Jamaica fleet but Bannister had surrendered to the navy with little struggle months earlier and Molesworth surely expectedof the same For all she lacked in size the Boneta was fast and it didnt take her long to catch up to the Golden Fleece When she did however Captain Stanley thought better of engaging thepowerful ship and her thirty guns Instead he sent a note to Bannister warning that he would face new charges for piracy unless he returned to Port Royal with the Golden Fleece Bannister denied being a pirate telling Stanley he was simply headed to the bay of Honduras for logwood Helpless to do Stanley sailed back to Port Royal empty handed Bannister wasted little time adding to his pirate crew recruiting tough guys looking for adventure and a fast path to richesbrave men who understood with Bannisters new reputation that the Royal Navy was coming and that they would be pursued by merciless hunters charged with bringing them down By now Molesworth must have realized that Bannister did not in tend to go gently He sent warships to chase every report of Bannisters plunders but when the frigates arrived they were always too late This continued for months as Bannister took prizes across the Caribbean and Atlantic In April however Molesworth caught a break The Ruby had tracked Bannister to the le Vache a small island off the southwestern tip of Hispaniola now Haiti a notorious pirate hangout and a place once used by Henry Morgan as an operating base But as Captain Mitchell closed in he found not one pirate ship but five each nearly the size of his own The Golden Fleece was among them and Bannister was in the company of four French privateers including the infamous Michel de Grammont Against any one of these pirates the Ruby held an advantage Against them all she couldnt hope to survive So Mitchell demanded of Grammont likely by pulling up alongside his ship and shouting that Bannister be arrested and turned over for serving under a foreign commission It shouldnt have surprised him that Grammont and the other French pirates refused to give over Bannister to the Ruby That kind of flouting of English authority must have rankled an accomplished navy captain like Mitchell but he deemed it prudent not to insist further Three months later in July Grammont helped lead a historic pirate raid on the Mexican port city of Campeche in which a landing force of seven hundred pirates sacked the town took prisoners and burned the city before leaving with their plunder It is possible perhaps even likely that Bannister and his crew were among those invading pirates as he was in Grammonts company in the months leading up to the raid But no one knows for sure Later that year the Golden Fleece was spotted sailing alone off the western coast of Jamaica This time Molesworth sent two ships after Bannister but neither could find him Every month Bannister tookprizes and with uick footwork and deft escapes continued to blacken the eyes of Molesworth the Royal Navy and England By January Molesworth seemed to be losing hope Captain Mitch ell will receive ordersfor the arrest of Bannister he wrote to an official in London whom he is as likely to encounter on this voyage as on any other Meaning he was not likely to find him at all Still Molesworth continued to plan for the day however unlikely that he would lay his h.


Moving west along the towns docks maybe as fast as five knots or about six miles per hour Before long he reached Fort James Per haps because of the hour or because the garrisons there never expected such an unlikely event it seems no one fired on the Golden Fleece or even took notice of her For the moment Bannister and his crew remained safe Now rounding Port Royals western shore Bannister headed south toward Fort Charles about a half mile in the distance By now he might have been fifteen minutes into his rush toward freedom but he had at least another fifteen minutes to gocritical moments that would determine whether he and his crew lived or died Soon he could see the guns at Fort Charles the most heavily fortified place in all of Jamaica Staying within a few hundred yards of the shore he ordered his men to ready their plugs chunks of mattress or wood theyd brought to fill holes in the ship they knew would be made when the cannons at Fort Charles began firing A moment later he was at the northern end of the fort and sailing the Golden Fleece for all she was worth waiting for the explosion of cannons but hearing nothingthan the wind in his sails and the crashing of waves against his ship He was perhaps ten minutes from freedom but they would be the most dangerous minutes of his life Passing the first of the cannons he braced for destruction Any one of the guns at Fort Charles could be deadly from a half mile Thirty eight of them together aimed at a single enemy just a few hundred yards away couldnt miss Bannister kept sailing passingof the guns waiting for explosions drawing nearer to the open Caribbean Now abreast of Fort Charles he might have begun to have hope of slipping by undetected but as he passed the fourteenth cannon someone at Fort Charles caught sight of him and notified Major Beckford the forts commander Moments later Beckford sounded the alarm and ordered his cannoneers into action Never before fired in anger the guns at Fort Charles rang furiously now a series of concussions that shook all of Port Royal and must have caused townsfolk to think a foreign force was invading At the sound local militiamen would have been roused by their duty officer and run toward Fort Charles with their muskets Now that the town was alert Bannisters only hope was that darkness would conceal him He would not be so lucky Cannonballs slammed into the Golden Fleece first one then an other then a third but Bannisters men stuffed the splintered holes with plugs and the ship kept sailing and even though the cannons continued to roar the rounds began to fall short and in a few minutes the Golden Fleece had reached the open seas and in another few she disappeared into the mist By now the navy ships would have been roused to action but they were almost certainly anchored and could not hope to get going so suddenly and soon the Golden Fleece and her captain were gone Bannisters escape blindsided Governor Molesworth Still he couldnt hide a grudging respect for the captain Writing to an English colonial official he said of the getaway It came as a great surprise to me for I thought Bannisters want of credit would prevent him from ever getting the ship to sea againyet now he has obtained credit from some persons underhand and has his ship well fitted in every respect It was done so artfully that no one suspected it or I should have found some pretext for securing him Impressed though he might be Molesworth wasted little time in going after Bannister sending Captain Edward Stanley in the four gun sloop Boneta to hunt down the Golden Fleece A light ship with a crew of perhaps ten the ship was likely the smallest in the Jamaica fleet but Bannister had surrendered to the navy with little struggle months earlier and Molesworth surely expectedof the same For all she lacked in size the Boneta was fast and it didnt take her long to catch up to the Golden Fleece When she did however Captain Stanley thought better of engaging thepowerful ship and her thirty guns Instead he sent a note to Bannister warning that he would face new charges for piracy unless he returned to Port Royal with the Golden Fleece Bannister denied being a pirate telling Stanley he was simply headed to the bay of Honduras for logwood Helpless to do Stanley sailed back to Port Royal empty handed Bannister wasted little time adding to his pirate crew recruiting tough guys looking for adventure and a fast path to richesbrave men who understood with Bannisters new reputation that the Royal Navy was coming and that they would be pursued by merciless hunters charged with bringing them down By now Molesworth must have realized that Bannister did not in tend to go gently He sent warships to chase every report of Bannisters plunders but when the frigates arrived they were always too late This continued for months as Bannister took prizes across the Caribbean and Atlantic In April however Molesworth caught a break The Ruby had tracked Bannister to the le Vache a small island off the southwestern tip of Hispaniola now Haiti a notorious pirate hangout and a place once used by Henry Morgan as an operating base But as Captain Mitchell closed in he found not one pirate ship but five each nearly the size of his own The Golden Fleece was among them and Bannister was in the company of four French privateers including the infamous Michel de Grammont Against any one of these pirates the Ruby held an advantage Against them all she couldnt hope to survive So Mitchell demanded of Grammont likely by pulling up alongside his ship and shouting that Bannister be arrested and turned over for serving under a foreign commission It shouldnt have surprised him that Grammont and the other French pirates refused to give over Bannister to the Ruby That kind of flouting of English authority must have rankled an accomplished navy captain like Mitchell but he deemed it prudent not to insist further Three months later in July Grammont helped lead a historic pirate raid on the Mexican port city of Campeche in which a landing force of seven hundred pirates sacked the town took prisoners and burned the city before leaving with their plunder It is possible perhaps even likely that Bannister and his crew were among those invading pirates as he was in Grammonts company in the months leading up to the raid But no one knows for sure Later that year the Golden Fleece was spotted sailing alone off the western coast of Jamaica This time Molesworth sent two ships after Bannister but neither could find him Every month Bannister tookprizes and with uick footwork and deft escapes continued to blacken the eyes of Molesworth the Royal Navy and England By January Molesworth seemed to be losing hope Captain Mitch ell will receive ordersfor the arrest of Bannister he wrote to an official in London whom he is as likely to encounter on this voyage as on any other Meaning he was not likely to find him at all Still Molesworth continued to plan for the day however unlikely that he would lay his 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