Another Tampa Bay Pirate
Welcome guest, is this your first visit?
Member
Discoveries
 
Results 1 to 6 of 6
Like Tree4Likes
  • 2 Post By Old Bookaroo
  • 1 Post By southerndata
  • 1 Post By G.I.B.

Thread: Another Tampa Bay Pirate

« Prev Thread | Next Thread »
  1. #1
    um
    Dec 2008
    3,964
    2792 times

    Another Tampa Bay Pirate

    This sounds like a Dr. L. Frank Hudson story - another Tampa Bay pirate.

    A pirate who navigated the Gulf and Atlantic waters at the same time as Lafitte was Frenchman Luis Aury. Though best known for his capture and occupation of Amelia Island with Gregor McGregor in 1817, Aury is supposed to have founded a pirate town, known as Aurytown, on today’s Honeymoon Island. Nothing remains of this legendary pirate oasis.

    Pirates, real and legendary, left their mark on Tampa area | TBO.com

    This is an excellent article!

    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	Tampa Bay 1822.jpg 
Views:	267 
Size:	89.8 KB 
ID:	1431369
    The Juvenile Atlas or a Series Of Maps, To Illustrate the Old and New Worlds (Philadelphia: 1822).

    Pirates of Tampa Bay, FL

    By Trop Rock Blog - March 12, 2012

    Louis dAury is hardly known in the pages of history, although the pirated millions of dollars in loot. A quantity of this plunder is still secreted on Floridas islands and beaches. Some of these treasure sites are in Seahorse Key, Honeymoon Island, Cotee River, Anclotte Key, Amelia Island, and Clearwater.

    Louis dAury was born about 1707 in the coastal town of Calais, France. Like so many boys who grew up along the coast, his only prospect in life was fishing. However, dAury wanted more than that from life, so at the age of 15 he joined the French Navy. His first cruise aboard one of Napoleons ships was in the West Indies. Unfortunately, his ship tangled with a more formidable British Man-o-War and sank of the island of Martinique.

    Young dAury was among the lucky sailors who were able to gain the safety if the islands shore. Later he signed aboard a merchant ship bound for New Orleans. At the time of his arrival, the notorious privateer, Jean LaFitte, was recruiting men for his ships, and dAury found a berth with him. He was eventually placed in command of one of LaFites ships.

    Shortly before assuming command, dAury made several successful raids on Gulf Coast shipping, and before long had accumulated eleven chest of gold and silver, valued in the neighborhood of $14,000,000. In need of fresh water, he dropped anchor in Clearwater Bay on Floridas west coast.

    Reasoning that his loot was too valuable to be carried aboard for long, dAury buried his eleven chests in the vicinity of a small spring located on a small bluff, near some oak trees to serve as markers.

    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	Tampa Bay Map 1794 #2.jpg 
Views:	306 
Size:	88.8 KB 
ID:	1431370

    Thomas Jefferys’ 1794 map detailing the entrances to Tampa Bay shows a number of barrier islands, including Castor Key – possibly named for English pirate Henry Castor – now known as Egmont Key., Tampa Bay History Center Collection

    In 1818, dAurys name suddenly dropped from history, and no details of his death are known. However, the search for dAurys hidden hoards still continues. Honeymoon Island on Floridas west coast near Dunedin, alone can boast of three treasure tales attributed to dAury. The first tells of a concrete cault supposedly loaded with pirates gold, silver, jewels, and other loot. The second purports that he buried three brass cannons crammed with loot near the northern end of Honeymoon Island. Another story relates that dAury secreted three chest near the islands north shoreline. An old ships anchor was alleged to mark the spot.

    A romantic tale of another of dAurys hoards exists in New Port Ritchey, Florida. The old pirate was professed to have built a treasure vault in the bank of Pithlachascotte (Cotee) River just south of town. The way old-timers tell it, the entrance is accessible only by small boat when the tide is low. Otherwise the opening is covered by water.

    Pirates of Tampa Bay, FL | Salty Soul

    Good luck to all,

    The Old Bookaroo, CM
    South Sea mariner and G.I.B. like this.
    Make America Think Again

    Do you have good books in good condition you are never going to re-read? Clean 'em out!
    Operation Paperback collects gently used books and sends them to American troops.

  2. #2
    us
    Sep 2012
    Tampa, FL
    White's Coinmaster Garret ATPro
    14
    19 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    Thanks for posting. I've been out to Honeymoon Island twice in the past month or so. Much to be explored here. My only problem is the beware of rattlesnake signs posted. A friend of mine verified this when he was out around sundown and seems the little critters like to come out of the brush and lay in the paths.
    Rebel - KGC likes this.

  3. #3
    um
    Dec 2008
    3,964
    2792 times
    Many treasure hunters meet snakes out there in the field.

    Some crawl on the ground. Some carry cameras and notebooks. Some have briefcases and court papers.

    Good luck to all,

    The Old Bookaroo, CM
    Make America Think Again

    Do you have good books in good condition you are never going to re-read? Clean 'em out!
    Operation Paperback collects gently used books and sends them to American troops.

  4. #4

    Jun 2007
    21,445
    13844 times
    Quote Originally Posted by Old Bookaroo View Post
    Many treasure hunters meet snakes out there in the field.

    Some crawl on the ground. Some carry cameras and notebooks. Some have briefcases and court papers.

    Good luck to all,

    The Old Bookaroo, CM
    At NIGHT...?

  5. #5
    um
    Dec 2008
    3,964
    2792 times
    Quote Originally Posted by Rebel - KGC View Post
    At NIGHT...?
    That's what they say...

    Good luck to all,

    The Old Bookaroo, CM
    Make America Think Again

    Do you have good books in good condition you are never going to re-read? Clean 'em out!
    Operation Paperback collects gently used books and sends them to American troops.

  6. #6
    us
    Just another Guy In Back

    Feb 2007
    The Mangrove Coast
    CTX 3030 / GTI 2500 / Infinium LS / Tesoro Sand Shark / 1 Garrett Pro-pointer / 1 Carrot / Vibra Probe 580 (out on loan) / Lesche M85 / Mark1 MOD1 EyeBall
    7,126
    8363 times
    Fire Nugget Club Member, Deliverer of World Peace
    Honorable Mentions (1)
    This is the 1774 rendition of Tampa Bay.

    Anclote key (just north of Clearwater) was a charted anchorage in that time.

    I have some charts from that period that show Mullet Key (north side of Egmont) as having fresh water when the Tocobaga Indians occupied the area.

    There is some great history here, it's just paved over.

    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	Screen Shot 2017-03-27 at 9.32.28 PM.jpg 
Views:	257 
Size:	408.4 KB 
ID:	1432196
    Rebel - KGC likes this.
    Get up late... Start slow... Taper off...

    I am a second level vegetarian. Cow's eat grass. I eat cows.

 

 

Sponsored Links

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  

Similar Threads

  1. Re: Pirate Wreck In Tampa Bay
    By Salvor6 in forum Dowsing
    Replies: 56
    Last Post: Apr 21, 2017, 09:48 PM
  2. Cat. Kidds Spirit full of B.S./ or Once a Pirate.. always a Pirate
    By jeff of pa in forum Treasure Legends - New Jersey
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: Jun 19, 2016, 11:44 AM
  3. Tampa.... Found this one last week, also in tampa.
    By The Dig Dig in forum Today's Finds!
    Replies: 9
    Last Post: Sep 23, 2013, 09:30 PM
  4. Replies: 6
    Last Post: Apr 29, 2010, 04:27 PM
  5. Gasparilla Pirate Fest 2009 Tampa Bay
    By G.I.B. in forum Pirate Talk!
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: Feb 16, 2009, 10:07 PM

Tags for this Thread

Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v4.3.0