Title Page, Copyright

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pp. 1-4

Contents

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pp. v-vi

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Foreword to the Second Edition

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pp. vii-xiv

This book's two narratives, both written in 1610 but the longer one not published until 1625, describe the Sea Venture's battering by a hurricane in the summer of 1609, its eventual crash near the Bermuda Islands, and the arrival in Virginia ten months later of nearly all the original passengers and crew. ...

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Preface

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pp. xv-xvi

The two works reprinted here, inaugurating a projected series of contemporary narratives relating to the settlement of Virginia, have been much discussed as sources of Shakespeare's The Tempest. Both William Strachey and Silvester Jourdain were passengers on the ill-fated "Sea Venture," which wrecked in 1609 within sight of one of the Bermuda Islands ...

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Introduction

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pp. xvii-xxviii

When William Shakespeare sat down to write The Tempest he had fresh in his memory a vivid description of a hurricane and shipwreck from the pen of a passenger on the ill-fated ship, the "Sea Venture," l that foundered, en route to Virginia, in a tropical storm off the Bermuda Islands on July 28, 1609. ...

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I

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pp. 3-34

Excellent lady, Know that upon Friday late in the evening we brake 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-third of July kept in friendly consort together, not a whole watch at any time losing the sight each of other. ...

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II

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pp. 35-58

So soon as we were a little settled after our landing, with all the conveniency we might and as the place and our many wants would give us leave, we made up our longboat (as Your Ladyship hath heard) in fashion of a pinnace, fitting her with a little deck, made of the hatches of our ruined ship, ...

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III

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pp. 59-83

From this time we only awaited a favorable westerly wind to carry us forth, which longer than usual now kept at the east and southeast, the way which we were to go. The tenth of May early, Sir George Somers and Captain Newport went off with their longboats and with two canoes buoyed the channel ...

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IV

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pp. 84-102

Upon His Lordship's landing at the south gate of the palisade (which looks into the river), our governor caused his company in arms to stand in order and make a guard. It pleased him that I should bear his colors for that time. His Lordship, landing, fell upon his knees and before us all made a long and silent prayer to himself, ...

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A Discovery of the Bermudas, Otherwise Called the Isle of Devils

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pp. 103-116

Being in [a] ship called the "Sea Venture," with Sir Thomas Gates our governor, Sir George Somers, and Captain Newport, three most worthy, honored gentlemen (whose valor and fortitude the world must needs take notice of, and that in most honorable designs) bound for Virginia, in the height of 30 degrees of northerly latitude or thereabouts ...