Fortaleza de San Fernando
Former Fortress and Prison with Connections to the History of the Pirates of the Carribean

Fortaleza de San Fernando (Ghost Hunters International) - Former Fortress and Prison with Connections to the History of the Pirates of the Carribean.

In Omoa, Honduras, the team heads to Fortaleza de San Fernando, a former fortress and prison with connections to the history of the pirates of the Carribean.

Robb and Susan project some images in the powder room that may be familiar to the spirits and Susan speaks to them in Spanish, immediately eliciting noises. Joe and Scott head to the museum, where they hear noises of furniture moving, as the client has.

Susan and Robb then move to the church, where people have heard voices and a guard felt the bench under him moving. Not only do they both get chills, but the needles on their meters dart about — and Robb starts to get chest pains.

Joe and Barry revisit the powder room and hear what sounds like someone being dragged along the back wall. Scott and Robb then head back to the church to follow up on the claim of the guard being lifted out of his bench, and hear a bizarre screeching noise — something seems to be playing with them. Paul and Barry head to the roof, where they speak to the spirits in Spanish and English, but hear little more than thunder.

In analysis, Susan has a banner day, finding a recording of a man's voice saying "mujer" (the Spanish word for "woman,") and another voice saying, "No." They present these findings to the client, Aldo Zelaya, an anthropologist.

Also in their reveal are a video recording of spikes in EMF readings, an audio recording of furniture moving, and several other audio clips. Aldo is surprised and impressed that so much evidence was caught, and the team is pleased to have shown him new possibilities in the world of the paranormal.

Omoa's most striking feature is the Fortaleza de San Fernando de Omoa, an 18th century Spanish  fort, though there are actually two forts there.

The earlier Real fort was started in 1752, and remodeled in 1759. Next to the Real fort, the fort of San Fernando de Omoa was constructed from 1756 through 1775.

On October 15th, 1779 the Royal Navy ships Lowestoffe and Charon were with a small squadron which arrived off the Honduras coast. They were accompanied by Pomona, the Racehorse, a schooner and other small craft, and were hoping to intercept some treasure ships in the bay of Dulce.

They found two Spanish ships which took shelter under the guns of the fortress of San Fernando de Omoa, and an unsuccessful attempt was made to capture the town from the sea.

They fell in with the Porcupine sloop and some troop transports returning from driving the Spaniards from St George’s. On October 16th, this was followed by a landing some 9 miles away at Puerto Caballo by seamen and marines from the ships, a detachment of the Royal Irish Regiment and 250 Baymen to make an overland attempt on Omoa.

They underestimated the difficulties of marching first through swamps, and then wild, mountainous country and only covered three miles during the night. However, when they reached the town the following afternoon it soon fell, but they were unable to take the fort because the Baymen had dropped the scaling ladders they were carrying.

They were supported during the attack by fire from Charon and Lowestoffe, the latter being badly damaged when she grounded for a while as she tried to get closer.The bombardment from the sea, supplemented by fire from some guns which had been landed from Pomona, continued on the night of the October 19th, occupying the garrison which did not notice storming parties of seamen, marines and soldiers infiltrating the fort.

The surprise was complete and there were only six British casualties. The treasure found in the fort and on board two treasure ships was worth some two million dollars. Two hundred and fifty quintals of mercury were also found in the fort. The fort itself was abandoned by the British at the end of November, before a Spanish counterattack arrived.

The craters from the British bombardment are still visible in the walls of the fort today.Omoa was the last Spanish stronghold in Central America after the region declared its independence. The Spanish fort was captured by the Central American Republicans under Colonel Juan Galindo.