View Full Version : Captain Morgan's ship found...any rum?

08-06-2011, 10:10

Wreck of Capt. Morgan's Pirate Ship Found, Archaeologists Say

Published August 05, 2011
| FoxNews.com

"...The cargo has yet to be opened, but Captain Morgan USA -- which sells the spiced rum named for the eponymous pirate -- is clearly hoping there's liquor in there. "

I can see a recreation of his rum..like the Antarctic whisky Whyte and Mackay.

08-07-2011, 09:56

"The first rough rum had a notorious reputation. In the 1650's it was described as being "a hellish and terrible liquor."
Their early incarnations were dubbed: kill-devil, devil's death, redeye, rumscullion and rumbullion - later shortened to rum. No one seems sure if rumbullion got its name from this 17th century English word meaning "a great tumult" or if the word entered the English lexicon because of rum's special powers. It might have also come from the same Creole word meaning "stem stew".

Well, Captain Morgan may have to rethink the product if it is truly awful by todays standards. However, I don't think they will let the opportunity pass, something special will come of it, probably a special edition rum etc.

08-07-2011, 17:21
Hard to imagine that anything submerged in water for 300-400 years could be any good at all

08-07-2011, 18:34
Hard to imagine that anything submerged in water for 300-400 years could be any good at all

True since most rum was in barrels, but I suppose some sealed glass bottle may have survived as long as the seal was not biodegradable..cork etc.


World’s oldest champagne uncorked, tastes like honey
168 bottles salvaged from 200-year-old shipwreck near Finland

"The champagne — of the brands Veuve Clicquot and the now defunct Juglar"

Cool, Veuve Clicquot is a great champagne value.

A more recent rum shipwreck...1922


The Lizzie D Shipwreck New York's Wreck Valley
Historical and current New York's Shipwreck Information and images for scuba divers and fisherman.

"....intact bottles can still be found. If a diver is lucky enough to find an unbroken bottle, it is usually empty with the cork forced inside the glass. Increasing ambient pressure during the sinking compressed the small amount of air in a full bottle, causing the cork to be sucked inward. Bourbon bottles seem to hold their corks the best due to the shape of the bottle's neck. Therefore, whenever a bourbon bottle is found, the chances are much greater that it may still contain whiskey."

Interesting, bourbon whiskey bottles seem to hold up better.

Here is a 17th century rum jug...with a narrow neck...not unlike a whiskey bottle:



08-07-2011, 18:40
Cool, Veuve Clicquot is a great champagne value.

I must agree. A favorite.