Thought to be written in 1611, many scholars believe that Shakespeare was inspired by the story of an expedition of the Virginia Company which had been scattered in a storm. Miraculously, the flagship vessel called Sea Venture (sometimes also called the Sea Adventure ) ran aground in Bermuda, and the men aboard the ship were able to regroup and found the island delightful. They made it safely back to the Jamestown colony, and their stories of the mysterious but beautiful island of Bermuda created quite a buzz in the colonies, and in England. The most notable man to survive the voyage was Sir Thomas Gates, the future governor of Virginia. Have students read more on the connection between Bermuda and Jamestown.