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ॅ Read ↓ Pirate Hunters: Treasure, Obsession, and the Search for a Legendary Pirate Ship online free download ७ Book Author Robert Kurson ভ ॅ Read ↓ Pirate Hunters: Treasure, Obsession, and the Search for a Legendary Pirate Ship online free download ७ Book Author Robert Kurson ভ By 1684, 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 received a disturbing letter from the islands governor, Thomas Lynch 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 540 tons, with forty eight cannons and a crew of 150, 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 115 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 was than 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 1685, 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 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 nothing than 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, passing of 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 again yet 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 expected of 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 the powerful 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 1685, 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 took prizes and, with quick footwork and deft escapes, continued to blacken the eyes of Molesworth, the Royal Navy, and England By January 1686, Molesworth seemed to be losing hope Captain Mitch ell will receive orders for 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 hands on Bannister Rather than allow him to bribe another witness or go free on bond, he would bring him to trial very suddenly, and not at Port Royal but at a court outside the town, with a jury sensible of the damage we suffer by privateering than are the generality of people in Port Royal By May, Molesworth might have abandoned all hope of capturing Bannister, but it was in that month that two vessels arrived at Port Royal from Dublin with a report from their captains that Bannister had plundered their cargos That news should have hardly surprised Molesworth, but a last bit of information stood him up in his seat Bannister, the men said, was headed to Saman Bay to careena process that could take weeks and would immobilize his ship Molesworth is sued an order to two of the navys powerful warships, the Falcon and the Drake Their mission find and destroy Bannister At Molesworths order, the two frigates sailed for Saman Bay The Falcon, commanded by Captain Charles Talbot, could carry up to forty two guns the Drake, helmed by Captain Thomas Spragge, sixteen They arrived several days later and found Bannister and the Golden Fleece, along with a smaller vessel, identity unknown, fit to go on the careen Here was the chance Molesworth had been waiting for A ship on the careen, even one as strong and well commanded as the Golden Fleece, remained highly vulnerable to attack The warships began to close in For an ordinary pirate captain, this meant the end But Bannister had taken precautions, having ordered several of his cannons onto land in two separate batteries, hidden in trees and aimed into the bay Whether he would attempt to use them against two Royal Navy frig ates, armed with as many as fifty eight guns and manned by superior personnel, was another matter entirely By surrendering now, Bannister would have hope He would have his day in court, where he could deny being a pirate, or claim hed been forced into it by the French, or beg Molesworth for leniency, or bribe another witness or jury If he chose to fight now, he could never know if his crew, outmanned, outclassed, and pinned down, would follow him into battle and engage a world class force like the Royal Navy Far better, it would have seemed to ordinary pirates, to suffer the lashes in Port Royal than go to their dooms like that The warships drew closer It was now midafternoon, and the navy captains should have seen signs of surrender Instead, they heard the sounds of a trumpet Bannisters cannons roared to life from behind the trees, and after that the muskets rang outa barrage by the pirates that rained down on the navy ships The frigates returned fire, maneuvering into position and trading salvos into the evening, each side pounding the other, men dying and suffering, the Golden Fleece and the smaller vessel alongside her being torn into by navy cannonballs and musket fire By all rights, the battle should have lasted an hour or two Yet the next morning, it was still going strong And it continued, bloody and violent, into a second day, until both the Falcon and the Drake found themselves out of gunpowder and ammunition By this time, the pirates had killed or wounded twenty three navy crewmen, and stood poised to kill Unable to mount any further offensive, the frigates sailed awaya stunning, almost unbelievable victory for the pirates At least for the moment The navy ships, Bannister knew, would return as soon as they could be rearmed and refitted That meant he and his remaining crew needed to leave Saman Bay in a hurry But the Golden Fleece had been badly damaged and lay nearly sunk The smaller vessel, however, must have remained seaworthy, as Bannister and most of his men seemed to have made their escape on her.You wont want to put it down Los Angeles Times An exceptional adventure Highly recommended to readers who delight in adventure, suspense, and the thrill of discovering history at their fingertips Library Journal starred review A terrific read The book gallops along at a blistering pace, shifting us deftly between the seventeenth century and the present day Diver Nonfiction with the trademarks of a novel the plots and subplots, the tension and suspense Robert Kurson has found gold The Dallas Morning News Rollicking a fascinating story about the world of pirates, piracy, and priceless treasures The Boston Globe Kursons narration is just as engrossing as the subject The Christian Science Monitor A wild ride and an extraordinary adventure Kursons own enthusiasm, combined with his copious research and an eye for detail, makes for one of the most mind blowing pirate stories of recent memory, one that even the staunchest landlubber will have a hard time putting down Publishers Weekly starred review The two contemporary pirate ship seekers of Robert Kursons narrative are as daring, intrepid, tough and talented as Blood and Sparrowand Bannister As depicted by the author, they are real life Hemingway heroes The Wall Street Journal Captivating and alluring a riveting tale perfect for summer beach reading.Fredericksburg Free LanceStar Kurson takes his knowledge of the underwater world and applies it to the Golden Age of Piracy thrillingly detailing the highs and lows of chasing not just gold and silver but also history Booklist John Chatterton and John Mattera come across as modern heroes, the kind of men the modern world often finds it hard to make a place for An enjoyable read, especially if youve got a thing for pirates Kirkus ReviewsA great thriller full of tough guys and long odds and Its all true.Lee Child Action and adventure on land and seayou cant ask for But Robert Kurson raises the ante in Pirate Hunters with an array of mystery and a fleet of colorful characters spanning four centuries This is a great summer read Michael Connelly Pirate Hunters is a fantastic book, an utterly engrossing and satisfying read It tells the story of the hunt for the rare wreck of a pirate ship, which had been captained by one of the most remarkable pirates in history This is a real life Treasure Island, complete with swashbuckling, half crazy treasure hunters and vivid Caribbean settingsa story for the ages.Douglas Preston A terrific read I was pulled in from page one Kurson brings us face to face with some of the most swashbuckling pirates ever to sail the Caribbean, even as he takes us underwater on a high tech quest to discover the relics they left behind.Daniel James Brown Theres nothing in the world like buried treasureand people hungry and obsessed enough to risk their lives for it Pirate Hunters isnt just a good storyits a true one Searching for the souls of its explorers, it takes you to the far tip of the plank and plunges you deep to the bottom of the ocean.Brad Meltzer Pirate Hunters is a gripping account of two courageous divers quest to uncover the shipwrecked vessel of Joseph Bannister, one of historys most infamous pirates Robert Kurson will keep you on the edge of your seat in this high stakes journey around the globe that ultimately teaches these explorers about much than an old ship.Sen John McCain From the Hardcover 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    • Pirate Hunters: Treasure, Obsession, and the Search for a Legendary Pirate Ship
    • 2.3
    • 153
    • Format Kindle
    • 304 pages
    • 0812973690
    • Robert Kurson
    • Anglais
    • 22 February 2016

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