Sea Venture: Shipwreck, Survival, and the Salvation of the First English Colony in the New World by Kieran Doherty is a 271-page hardcover published in 2007 by St. Martin's Press, New York, and is a stated first edition. There is a taped area along the bottom and top edges of the dust jacket to repair some tearing. Surface wear is also present. The book is in very good condition, with no evidence of use.
In one of the most triumphant sea stories ever told, Kieran Doherty brings to life the remarkable true story of the ship that rescued the struggling Jamestown settlement in 1610 and single-handedly ensured England's place in the New World.
When the Sea Venture left England in 1609, it was the flagship in a fleet of nine bound for Jamestown, with roughly six hundred settlers and badly needed supplies aboard. But after four weeks at sea, as the voyage neared its end, a hurricane hit, devastating the fleet--one ship on the bottom, the rest scattered, and the Sea Venture shipwrecked on one of the Bermuda islands. It would take the Sea Venture's passengers ten months more to reach their destination.
Awaiting them was not the thriving, populated colony they expected, but the grim reality of a settlement savaged by illness, starvation, and violence. Instead of a population of five hundred settlers, the shipwreck survivors found just fifty colonists still alive in Jamestown--a beleaguered, desperate, and hungry handful.
But the question remains, would the English have lost their place in the New World if the Sea Venture had never arrived?ISBN: 0-312-65453-3