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

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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 ...more
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published May 15th 2007 by St. Martin's Press
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Tim Martin
Aug 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
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_Sea Venture_ by Kieran Doherty is a book that sheds some interesting light on the establishment of not only the first lasting English colony in the New World (Jamestown), but also on the founding of the first colony in Bermuda. I had no idea that the two were connected nor the interesting if sometimes subtle role played by the titular ship or its crew in early American history.

The _Sea Venture_ was the flagship of a fleet of nine vessels that departed England in 1609, a fleet containing several
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Kathy Dobronyi
Oct 01, 2017 rated it it was ok
I was very interested in reading about the Sea Venture because my ancestor, Stephen Hopkins, was a famous passenger on the ship. His experiences in Jamestown and on the Bermudas made him a vital addition to a later voyage in 1620 on the Mayflower. I understand piecing history together from bits and pieces is a difficult thing, but much worse when the writings are fraught with propaganda and missing sections.
Alex
Feb 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Well written book, telling the somewhat forgotten story of the Sea Venture – a boat whose shipwreck on and subsequent escape was a foundational for both the survival of the Jamestown colony and the permanent settlement of Bermuda. After reading this book, was surprised that this story is not more well known.
Christian
Oct 31, 2007 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: those interested in the parallel development of Bermuda and Jamestown colonies
This book is a general history of the entwined fates of the Bermuda and Jamestown colonies, centered on the shipwrecked ship Sea Venture. The title and description are deceiving, though, as there is not much time spent on naval voyages. The Sea Venture is a unifying element, but an unnecessary one as the twin history have enough in common that there doesn't need to be so much emphasis placed on the ship (the adjectival phrase 'Sea Venture survivor' appears frequently and unnecessarily).

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Damon Henrichs
Jul 24, 2010 rated it really liked it
Amazing story of an unintended shipwreck that ended leading to the saving of the Jamestown colony. Very interesting historically, though it only takes up about half the book. . .. the rest is more about what happened eventually to the Jamestown colony itself.
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Nov 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
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Great background on the early survival of Jamestown.
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