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The Capture of the Spanish Frigate “Hermione”

April 30th, 2014 by Piper Smith

No, they probably didn’t get the name from J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter. It was actually a merchant ship that was captured in 1762 by the English frigate Caroline. Hermione was carrying a huge trove of treasure that can be estimated into the billions of dollars in modern values. In fact, the spoils of this capture were so great that even the seamen were paid handsomely… 485 pounds each, which is about 1.4 million dollars in modern values. Let’s go find a frigate!

18th century shillings.

18th century shillings.

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