Sea adventurer, the
Under the new charter of the London Company given in 1609, Sir Thomas Gates
, Sir George Somers
, and Captain Newport
, 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
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
It is believed that Strachey
's account of this storm and shipwreck inspired Shakespeare
to write his Tempest