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Pat Shingleton: "The Sea Venture and The Tempest"

3 years 3 months 1 day ago July 24, 2013 Jul 24, 2013 Wednesday, July 24 2013 July 24, 2013 3:00 AM in Pat Shingleton Column
By: Pat Shingleton

Nine ships carrying 500 colonists from England to Virginia experienced a hurricane near Bermuda on this date in 1609. As noted in a previous column, seven ships made it to Jamestown but the flagship, Sea Venture didn't and was lost, with Virginia governor, Sir Thomas Gates onboard. Colonists accepted the tragedy and set about the work of building their new home. Surprisingly, on May 23, 1610, passengers of the Sea-Venture arrived in Jamestown on two small light boats or pinnaces. Their ship ran aground near Bermuda whereby sailors referred to it as the "Ile of Divels" and stayed there for nine months while building the two small ships. In 1611 an English playwright read an account of the miraculous shipwreck incorporating it into his last complete play, The Tempest.

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