Lawrence Prince

Lawrence Prince

Lawrence Prince
Born fl. 1630
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Piratical career
Type Buccaneer
Allegiance England
Years active c. 1659-1671
Rank Lieutenant-Colonel
Base of operations Caribbean
Battles/wars Raid on Granada (1670)
Sack of Panama (1671)

Laurens Prins known in English as Lawrence Prince[1] (c. 1630s, John Morris led one of the columns against Panama in 1671.


According to Spanish accounts, Lawrence Prince was a Dutchman from [3]

Arriving in Port Royal weeks later, he and two other captains were reproved by Governor Bledry Morgan.

In the final advance, he and Morris commanded the left flank. Advancing in a wide sweep around the Spanish right flank, they captured a hill overlooking the Spanish lines.[4] This not only forced the Spanish defenders into committing to an attack, it also disrupted plans by the commander

  • Roberts, Walter Adolphe. Sir Henry Morgan, Buccaneer and Governor. New York: Covici-Friede, 1933.
  • Winston, Alexander. No Man Knows My Grave: Sir Henry Morgan, Captain William Kidd, Captain Woodes Rogers in the Golden Age of Privateers and Pirates, 1665-1715. New York: Houghton Mifflin, 1969.
  • Clifford, Barry and Turchi, Peter. The Pirate Prince: Discovering the Priceless Treasures of the Sunken Ship WHYDAH. New York/London: Simon & Schuster, 1993.
  • National Geographic Society and Arts & Exhibitions International and Clifford, Barry and Kinkor, Kenneth and Simpson, Sharon. "Real Pirates: The Untold Story of The WHYDAH from Slave Ship to Pirate Ship". Washington D.C.: National Geographic Society, 2007.
  • Perry, Paul and Clifford, Barry. "Expedition WHYDAH: The Story of the World's First Excavation of a Pirate Treasure Ship and the Man Who Found Her". New York: Harper Collins, 1999. Kent, UK: Headline Book Publishing, 1999.

Further reading

  1. ^ a b Marley, David. Wars of the Americas: A Chronology of Armed Conflict in the New World, 1492 to the Present. Santa Barbara, California: ABC-CLIO, 1998. (pg. 151, 158, 172) ISBN 0-87436-837-5
  2. ^ Snelders, Stephen. The Devil's Anarchy: The Sea Robberies of the Most Famous Pirate Claes G. Compaen. New York: Autonomedia, 2005. (pg. 90) ISBN 1-57027-161-5
  3. ^ a b c d Earle, Peter. The Sack of Panama: Captain Morgan and the Battle for the Caribbean. New York: St. Martin's Press, 2007. (pg. 150-151) ISBN 0-312-36142-4
  4. ^ Marley, David F. Historic Cities of the Americas: An Illustrated Encyclopedia. Santa Barbara, California: ABC-CLIO, 2005. (pg. 351) ISBN 1-57607-027-1
  5. ^ Konstam, Angus. Scourge of the Seas: Buccaneers, Pirates and Privateers. Oxford: Osprey Publishing, 2007. (pg. 45-47) ISBN 1-84603-211-3
  6. ^ Davies, J.D. Gentlemen and Tarpaulins: The Officers and Men of the Restoration Navy. New York: Oxford University Press, 1991. (pg. 19) ISBN 0-19-820263-6
  7. ^ Pawson, Michael and David Buisseret. Port Royal, Jamaica. Kingston, Jamaica: University of the West Indies Press, 1974. (pg. 39) ISBN 976-640-098-9
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In 1715, back in Bristol, England, Lawrence Prince was appointed as captain of the galley ship Whydah, and in the Fall of 1716 the Whydah was commissioned to take goods and treasure to the slave trading port of the African Kingdom of Whydah in present day Benin. After loading the Whydah with 367 African slaves he traveled across the Atlantic to sell them in Jamaica in the Caribbean islands.[8] But in February 1717, as he passed between Cuba and Hispaniola, he was chased by the Sultana captained by the pirate "Black Sam" Bellamy and the Mary Anne captained by pirate Paulsgrave Williams. After three days, captain Lawrence Prince surrendered without a fight. After taking command of the Whydah and making it his flagship, Bellamy gave Prince his original flagship Sultana along with a small amount of treasure, and sent Prince packing back to England. Lawrence Prince continued several slaving voyages before disappearing into history.

He was later appointed a lieutenant by Modyford's successor, Sir Thomas Lynch, who replaced Captain John Wilgress, commander of HMS Assistance, with Major William Beeston. Lynch may intended to initiate the restructuring of colonial administration, surrounding himself with known associates rather than appointed officials of the British crown.[6] By 1672, using his share from the Panama raid, he became a wealthy landowner on the Liguanea plain as it was opened up for cultivation and farming.[7]