|Posted by moprod on December 4, 2011 at 11:20 AM|
"The average man will bristle if you say his father was dishonest, but he will brag a little if he discovers that his great-grandfather was a pirate" (Bern Williams)
Truer words were never spoke and still remain so, "says I". Overwhelming interest continues to peak as discoveries are made of buried "treasure" undersea. Not all treasure is made of doubloons and jewels, as would divers and researchers agree. Recent discoveries of long-lost ships belonging to notorious pirates peak the curiosity of landlubbers such as myself.
With the excitement of a child, I find myself scanning articles and e-posts about archaeological finds that include Capt. Morgan's lost ship discovered in waters off of Panama (a fitting end to that pirate's plunder of the area and rather ironic really) and the Queen Anne's Revenge off the coast of North Carolina.
Just one month ago, I was contacted by the amazing researcher and underwater explorer, Mike Daniel who made that famous discovery in 1996. A brilliant historian, Mike enthralled with details and facts about finding the Q.A.R. and the project as it now stands. Our conversation drifted to other "finds" he has uncovered and those still waiting to be discovered. Images of the shipwreck flooded my mind as I listened to his account of seeing the majestic vessel for the first time, an image not seen in over three hundred years!
History lies waiting for us to stumble upon it, perhaps not so accidently. The magic of the discovery is ours to enjoy vicariously through the heroic efforts of men like Mike Daniel. It is this author's hope that we support efforts to research and discover artifacts, learning more about the rich history preceeding this modern century by visiting websites such as Q.A.R. Found: http://www.qarfound.com/ and local maritime museums.
"Fair Winds in Yer Sails, Mate!" and thanks for bringing history to life, Mike Daniel and those who do the same.