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At Jamestown the ‘Sea Venture’ survivors discover the settlement in a shocking state. Only 60 people
are alive, and the colony’s supplies nearly exhausted, so, instead of finding help for themselves Somers and the new
arrivals become the rescuers of the colony. However, though the ‘Deliverance’ and ‘Patience’ bring
good supplies with them, they are not enough to sustain Jamestown as well, so the decision is made to abandon the plantation.
The plan is to sail to the Grand banks aboard the two Bermuda-built vessels and two pinnaces they have, to get help and a
passage to England.
So Jamestown is abandoned on 7 June. The fleet sets sail down the river but,
incredibly, encounter at the river mouth a new supply fleet with the next Governor of Virginia, Lord de la Warre aboard, so
all put back to the settlement. Even now the supply position is pretty dire and so Somers offers to return to Bermuda for
more food. Two vessels are used, one, the ‘Patience’ under Somers’ command, the other with Captain Samuel
Argall, Deputy Governor of Virginia in charge but they get separated in foggy weather and only Somers reaches Bermuda. Argall
returns to Jamestown.
Sadly, Somers’ good judgement and luck run out when he reaches the
island. Hurricanes frustrate his plans then tragically he eats contaminated pig meat (note the meal on the table)
and, as is shown in this scene, he dies in his ship’s cabin on 10 November. His nephew Captain Matthew Somers now assumes
command and decides to sail the ‘Patience’ back to England, rather than return to Virginia as planned by his uncle.
Nevertheless, before leaving, knowing how much Sir George came to love Bermuda, he buries his heart there but takes the body
back to Dorset for burial.
Back home, after overseeing Sir George’s internment in the church
at Whitchurch Canonicorum (its 13th century shrine is pictured here that ‘cured’ pilgrims’ limbs),
Matthew rides on to Lyme Regis, where Sir George was once Mayor and, in the Guildhall (shown here), witnesses the
reading of the will by the Councillors. Family duties done, he travels on to the Virginia Company in London, who, so impressed
with Bermuda’s possibilities plan sending 50 settlers out next year under artist Governor Richard Moore.