Sea Venture: Shipwreck, Survival, and the Salvation of the First English Colony in the New World

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Macmillan, 2007 M05 15 - 276 pages
In one of the most triumphant high sea stories ever told, Kieran Doherty brings to life the true story of the ship that rescued the Jamestown settlement in 1610 and ensured England's place in the New World. When the Sea Venture left England in 1609, it was flagship in a fleet of nine bound for Jamestown with roughly 600 settlers and badly needed supplies aboard. But after four weeks at sea, as the voyage neared its end, a hurricane devastated the fleet, leaving the Sea Venture shipwrecked on the island of Bermuda. It took Sea Venture's passengers nearly a year and half to reach their destination. Awaiting them was not a thriving colony, but instead the remaining fifty colonists--beleaguered, desperate and hungry. But, the question remains, would the English have lost their place in the New World if the ship never arrived? A story of strife and triumph, but above all, endurance, Sea Venture begins and ends in hope and remains one of the greatest "What Ifs?" in history. With a bravado reminiscent of Patrick O'Brien's legendary sea sagas, Doherty braves the elements, delivering a powerful history willed by a people destined to change the New World forever.
 

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An easy reading, well written account of the Sea Venture- destined as a relief supply to the early Jamestown settlers in 1609. The author succinctly overviews the state of English affairs in the early ... Read full review

SEA VENTURE: The Ship That Rescued Jamestown and Established the English Presence in the New World

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Young-adult biographer Doherty (Ronald Reagan, 2005, etc.) recounts a fascinating saga of shipwreck and survival. Readers intrigued by the last-minute-rescue subplot in Benjamin Woolley's recently ... Read full review

Contents

Preparations Most Urgent I
1
Sailing in Friendly Consort
19
A Dreadful Storm and Hideous
33
The Isle of Devils
49
That Disorderlie Company
63
Mutinies
75
Famine Ghastly and Pale
93
Misery and Misgovernment
109
To Populate and Plant the Islands
157
A Most Pious and Noble End
171
Our Hoped and Desired Ilands
193
The Virginian Woman
215
A Faire and Perfect Common Weale
237
Aftermath
246
Notes
255
Bibliography
273

The Buried Heart
123
Violent Proceedings and Villainy
138

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About the author (2007)

KIERNAN DOHERTY is a freelance journalist and award-winning author of numerous biographies for young adults. Sea Venture marks his first history for adults. He lives in Lake Worth, Florida.

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