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Sea adventurer, the

Under the new charter of the London Company given in 1609, Sir Thomas Gates, lieutenant-governor of Virginia, Sir George Somers, admiral, and Captain Newport, vice-admiral, sailed in the Sea Adventurer with eight other vessels, bearing about 500 emigrants to Virginia. The fleet was dispersed in a storm, and the Sea Adventurer was wrecked on one of the Bermuda islands— the “still vexed Bermoothes” of Shakespeare. William Strachey was with them, who wrote a vivid account of the wreck. “Such was the tumult of the elements,” wrote Strachey, “that the sea swelled above the clouds, and gave battle unto heaven. It could not be said to rain: the waters like whole rivers did flood in the air.” For three days and four nights they were beaten by this storm, while the ship was leaking fearfully. the Sea Adventurer outlived the storm; when it ceased she lay fixed between two rocks on the Bermuda shore. It is believed that Strachey's account of this storm and shipwreck inspired Shakespeare to write his Tempest.

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