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William Strachey's Account of the Storm

William Strachey's Account of the Storm

Chap. VI:

A true repertory of the wrake, and redemption of Sir Thomas Gates
 Knight; upon, and from the Islands of the Bermudas: his coming to
Virginia, and the state of that Colony then, and after, un-
der the government of the Lord La Warre,
July 15, 1610. Written by William Strachy, Esquire.


 A most dreadful Tempest (the manifold deaths whereof are here to the life described) their wracke on Bermuda; and the description of those Islands

Excellent Lady, know that upon Friday late in the evening, we broke ground out of the Sound of Plymouth, our whole Fleet then consisting of seven good Ships, and two Pinnaces, all which from the said second of June, unto the twenty three of July, kept in friendly consort together, not a whole watch at any time, losing the sight each of other. Our course when we came about the height of between 26 and 27 degrees, we declined to the Northward, and according to our Governor’s instructions altered the trade and ordinary way used heretofore by Dominico, and Menis, in the West Indies, and found the wind to this course indeed as friendly, as in the judgment of all Sea-men, it is upon a more direct line, and by Sir George Summers our Admiral had been likewise in former time sailed, being a Gentleman of approved assuredness, and ready knowledge in Sea-faring actions, having often carried commands, and chief charge in many Ships Royal of her Majesty’s, and in sundry Voyages made many defeats and attempts in the time of the Spaniards quarrelling with us, upon the Islands and Indies, & c.


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Strachey. Letter, 1610. In Purchas, His Pilgrimes. London, 1625. Folger Shakespeare Library.

2. June. 1609

Sea-course altered.


Sir G. Summers a good mariner and tried Soldier