Saturday, February 12, 2011

PORT ROYAL, THE PIRATE HAVEN -- CAPT AJIT VADAKAYIL




In 1992, my chemical tanker was anchored at Kingston bay. I was in my cabin, talking to the agent on VHF. Suddenly the whole ship lurched, and i felt that my ship had been rammed by some other ship. So i ran on the bridge wings , and found nothing special. The sea was calm with no ripples or wake.

I noticed my entire crew and officers were already standing on the poop deck. I was the only Indian, in command,  the rest were Jamaican, with a Russian Chief Engineer thrown in for good measure.. 

The crew shouted , to me that Kingston just had a earth quake. The shore buildings were very near, and i could see people running out of all buildings. In the distance I could see dust from a hill landslide.

That reminded me of Port Royal. Port Royal was the richest city in the world , till at 11:43 a.m. on June 7, 1692, a severe earth quake measuring 7.5 on the Richter scale, decimated everything.




Out of 4 forts, only one Fort Charles remained standing. Everything else slid under the sea in two minutes, killing 3000 people.. Before the earthquake, the town consisted of 6,500 inhabitants living in about 2,000 brick and wood  buildings.



Indeed it could be said, that this horrific event was God’s punishment for unlawful proceedings ( void in human consciousness ) by a group of sinful people. It was home to some of the vilest individuals on earth, and had tonnes of stolen gold.  


On the very night of the quake, those who survived the disaster in the destroyed town were said to have been back at their "old trade of drinking, swearing and whoring". No preacher who ever entered the port hoping to convert the wayward masses of the island ever lasted more than a few weeks before departing to more civilized places.




From 1660 to 1692, Port Royal therefore became a haven for rogues such as the Welshman, Henry Morgan and 'three-fingered' Jack Rack ham.

After this 1692 disaster, Port Royal's commercial role was steadily taken over by the new City of Kingston.

Port Royal is the inspiration for movies like Pirates of the Caribbean.


Spain maintained control over the island of Jamaica for 146 years, until the English invasion of 1655. Port Royal provided a safe harbour initially for privateers and subsequently for pirates plying the shipping lanes to and from Spain and Panama. Buccaneers found Port Royal appealing for several reasons. 


Its proximity to trade routes allowed them easy access to prey Spanish ships sailing back from South America with gold. When they returned to their sanctuary, no mortal dared enter Port Royal in pursuit, as it was guarded by 4 forts. This pirate haven was one of the best defended ports in the world and most feared.

By the 1660s, the city had gained a reputation as the Sodom of the New World where most residents were pirates, cut throats, or prostitutes. . During a twenty-year period that ended in 1692, nearly 8000 people lived in Port Royal.

The colonial city of Port Royal, the largest English-held city in the Caribbean, was a haven for pirates and other less-than-savory characters under British rule, Buccaneers, gamblers, prostitutes etc. In 1687, when Port Royal was commonly referred to as “the wickedest city on earth. The harbour was large enough to accommodate several ships and provided a place to careen and repair these vessels.


This was the place where pirates from all over the world, spend their shore leave. Port Royal transformed into a criminal nest. Here all pirates were equal. There were hundreds of brothels and taverns. At the height of its popularity, the city had one drinking house for every ten residents . They drank bombo or bumboo, a mixture of rum, water, sugar, and nutmeg.  Rum fustian was another popular drink that blended raw eggs with sugar, sherry, gin, and beer.  Pirates also enjoyed beer, sherry, brandy, and port.


They played cards or rolled dice, although most articles of agreement forbade gambling on board ships to prevent arguments that divided the crew or proved fatal to one or more participants. When ashore, pirates squandered their booty on drink, women, and games of chance.


Pirates or Port Royal emulated gentleman merchants by wearing knee breeches, stockings, embroidered waistcoats, lace-trimmed shirts, long coats, and shoes with silver buckles and high heels, to impress the ladies.  And some of these ladies were indeed rich and pretty. A few wore powdered wigs or ornate jewelry.  They acquired these brightly colored garments as shares of booty taken from captured ships.  While at sea, they usually wore one outfit until the garments were no better than rags. 


Most of these Pirates were desperadoes. Many of the men were killed and their families were shipped off to the dungeons of the Inquisition; those men that survived turned to a life of piracy.



Have you heard the song "Sixteen men on a dead man's ship? Yo ho ho and a bottle of rum"? That jingle told the tale of 16 pirates marooned on the BVI's island of Dead Chest with a single bottle of grog. The fight which ensued left no survivors. Such was the brutality of the pirates.


When I took my wife and children to Disney land in USA and Japan, it was indeed amusing to the dummy Pirates serenading the ladies, drinking , swearing and generally living it up like a “ sailor on shore leave”.




CAPT AJIT VADAKAYIL
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14 comments:

  1. STOP PRESS:

    IT IS HILARIOUS TO SEE THE BENAMI INDIAN TV STATION ANCHOR S, TRYING TO DO PERCEPTION MANAGEMENT HOUR AFTER HOUR – PEOPLE LIKE ARNAB GOSWAMI, BARKHA DUTT, RAJDEEP SARDESAI ETC , WHO HAVE ZILCH CREDIBILITY .

    THEY HAVE BEEN TRYING HARD TO MAKE MODI PAINT HIMSELF INTO A CORNER .

    THESE STUPID TV ANCHORS ARE VERY UPSET THAT MODI DID NOT GO TO THE RAJYA SABHA TODAY, TO SEE PEOPLE LIKE WANNABE GORA GAAND DEREK O BRIEN ABUSE THE SADHVI .

    I am reminded of a quintessential scene at port royal, the head quarters of the sea pirates of yore .

    While the pirates were dividing the treasure between themselves, the mangy diseased , flea ridden cats in the neighbourhood used to have a meeting nearby discussing between themselves how the treasure should be divided and who should get what and what percentage.

    The cats of course know that what they discuss – NOBODY CARES – the pirates do NOT even know the cats exist .

    The same is the situation today –these pompous TV anchors think that the nation cares for what they say .

    Nobody cares - leave alone BJP or PM Narendra Modi .

    Maybe if these TV/ media were desh bhakts people might have listened .

    Who cares for JUDASES who have sold their souls to big brother abroad for half a piece of silver !!

    http://ajitvadakayil.blogspot.in/2011/02/port-royal-pirate-haven-capt-ajit.html

    capt ajit vadakayil
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  2. https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/smriti-irani-courted-controversy-repeatedly/articleshow/64166769.cms

    HEY

    WE HAVE MEDIA WHORES SPECULATING

    FLEA RIDDEN DISEASED CATS USED TO SPECULATE WHICH PIRATE WOULD GET HOW MUCH GOLD WHILE THEY DIVIDED THE TREASURE AT PORT ROYALE..

    THESE MANGY CATS WOULD FIGHT -- THE PIRATES DID NOT EVEN KNOW THESE CHOOTIYA CATS EXISTED..

    TEE HEEEEEEE

    http://ajitvadakayil.blogspot.in/2011/02/port-royal-pirate-haven-capt-ajit.html

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  3. Dear Captain,

    Greetings.

    Need your guidance; I'm at the cusp of total mental breakdown.
    I feel, I'm dwindling/ dying inside.

    I'm getting frustrated day by day; @ work - I'm unable to handle simple things.
    In my current job, was asked to move out; However I didn't want to leave, until I proved myself; hence working with another team.
    Feel I'm trying too hard with very liittle or not much success as simple things looks a mountain to me.

    Just clinging on to the work for a monthly salary.

    The only solace is my family (wifey and 2 kids), I'm unable to spend quality time towards them aswell.

    I don't know what's my strength; whatever I believed that was my strength has given me up.

    I always thought that I had that inner quality / talent / skill.. How do I bring my true potential to the fore?
    With 18 years of useless IT exp, I feel like a nobody.

    Personally, I'm very conservative however the downside is have very less friends, worrying mentality, frustration, inferiority complex, unable to communicate with clarity and confidence (this is affecting me at work)..

    Sometimes I start to think, if it's bad karma.
    Although I meditate intermittently, it's not helping.

    Captain, how do I change manage the turnaround both personally and professionally.
    Where / what do I start..


    Grace & Peace,
    JTA

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    1. DERIVE SOLACE FROM THE TRUTH THAT MAJORITY OF IT PEOPLE FEEL THIS WAY..

      SHARPEN YOUR SKILLS -- STUDY WHILE ON THE JOB..

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  4. Dear Captain,

    Thank you very much.. Sure will do.

    Yes, I agree most in IT would feel the same.

    For the past few weeks, I've been using your Deeksha for Fear & Doubts.. I can recollect even when woken during sleep.

    Somehow, my heart and mind are differing after giving in for these many years in IT..

    The way many products have been built/ are being built are half baked solutions, developed by mental midgets... there are so many flaws in the design for a complete product.... Unfortunately I do not know coding.
    Hate to sit in from of laptops/ desktops for work related tasks.

    Will contemplate / do swadhyaya.
    Please bless me & my family Captain, so I take the best decisions going forward.

    Grace & Peace,
    JTA

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  5. Dear Captain,

    Greetings.

    Wishing you, your family and all the readers a very happy Deepavali festivities.

    May the festival of lights remove the darkness of ignorance and bless all with perfect health, peace , prosperity.

    Captain, majority of ppl are anti national not because of national concerns, but their personal priority and self centered up bringing.

    Whatever maybe the reason, our efforts are always there in this silent revolution. Our lives are almost 50% over, if we don't put in this effort, the future of our children and society as a whole is in danger

    *******
    Want to share an interesting thing on professional front... The POC for a huge client/ partner was demonstrated to very senior folks successfully; Put in all the effort required and overcame the mental blocks. This has given me confidence and looking forward to build on this.

    Was happy that I was able to complete it succesfully; however never expected good recognition (mails); All those who were baying for my checkout had all their plans foiled.

    Nevertheless I now do not worry about being in the company or not; Matter of proving my worth was utmost priority and it did happen, which has given me tremendous hope.

    Grace & Peace,
    JTA

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  6. Dear Captain,

    Greetings.

    Need your guidance.

    From the past week, I'm feeling a pulse kind of sensation near the Muladhaara area. There's no specific time/ place. This is adhoc, I feel this when walking/ standing / sitting.

    Is there anything to worry about ; how to overcome this ?

    After the team movement, although the new team is very supportive, off late, I'm facing issues when articulating / expressing ideas OR raise issues if there's any.

    Which Chakra is related to strong communication / expression and how do I work on solidifying this. Please guide.

    Grace & Peace,
    JTA

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  7. Dear Captain,

    Greetings,

    Today is my wife's bday... Request your blessings for her.
    We have our differences no doubt, however She's been my strength at times of despair .

    Grace & Peace,
    JTA

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  8. Dear Captain,

    Thank you for the wishes...ever grateful.

    Grace & Peace,
    JTA

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  9. Dear Captain,

    Greetings,

    I moved past another birthday recently; Request your blessings for me & my family.

    Grace & Peace,
    JTA

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  10. Dear Captain,

    Thank you very much for the wishes / blessings.

    Grce& Peace,
    JTA

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  11. Dear Captain,

    Greetings..

    Was thinking of creating an app which is easy to send messages and upload on twitter...

    App will host only the links to your site but mainly the options to share content to targeted audience & social media..etc through simple clicks was the idea dedicated to your site and for the purpose ( with links to PMO & other sites etc..)

    Request your blessings and suggestions if you are fine.

    Grace & Peace,
    JTA

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