The crew survived and, over months, built new ships from the wrecked hull. They eventually sailed on to Jamestown to find the struggling colony, and then back to England. William Strachey documented the shipwreck in a letter to a woman in England. From there, it’s believe that the Sea Venture’s story inspired William Shakespeare’s play The Tempest.
In Strachey’s words,
For four-and-twenty hours the storm in a restless tumult had blown so exceedingly as we could not apprehend in our imaginations any possibility of greater violence; yet did we still find it not only more terrible but more constant, fury added to fury…With a description so vivid, it’s no wonder the Bard envisioned his dramatic, magical play from this tale.
(Image of Waterhouse’s painting Miranda and the Tempest courtesy of Wikimedia Commons)
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