Wreck of the Sea Venture in 1609

On June 7, 1609, a fleet of seven ships and two pinnaces left Plymouth, England, for Jamestown, Virginia. After a few days out, one of the pinnaces returned to England, but the other, the little Virginia, remained with the fleet as the tender to the flagship Sea Venture.

Sir Thomas Gates, Lieutenant Governor under Lord De La Warr, and Sir George Somers, Admiral of the fleet, embarked on the Sea Venture, commanded by Captain Christopher Newport, Vice Admiral. These three men were leaders of the expedition and in order to avoid any dispute as to precedence, they agreed to…

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Jeannette Holland Austin

Jeannette Holland Austin

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