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ca. 45.18° N, on the North Atlantic Ocean


20 April 1607


We steered southwest by south, the wind being at north-northwest. This day about 8 o’clock in the morning, the Hector spent her fore topmast. And about one hour after setting our lee shrouds in the Dragon, we had a man washed out of our fore chains and drowned, whose name is David Roch, the wind at north-northwest a very stiff gale.

Hearne and Finch, traders

Men falling overboard a 17th century ship.

Men falling overboard.


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Red Dragon Journal of Hearne and Finch; cited in Richmond Barbour, The Third Voyage Journals (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2009), p. 156.

Anon. 1619: Daily battle, The Kraus Collection of Sir Francis Drake, Library of Congress, USA

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