Smooth Sailing for Seven Weeks Before The Tempest

Calm Seas Before The Tempest

For seven weeks the voyage from London, England, to Virginia on the Sea Venture is relatively smooth. John and Sarah Rolfe have now been on board for 10 weeks including the time in English coastal waters and English ports.

Sarah Rolfe is probably experiencing morning sickness from her pregnancy. There is little or no privacy. And the food gets worse as they run out of fresh produce. Still, seven weeks of calm seas and good weather is wonderful.

Then the winds come up ….

William Shakespeare’s “The Tempest”

William Shakespeare - Author of The Tempest

Before he could accomplish all this, as you will soon see, John Rolfe’s entrepreneurial challenges included an Atlantic crossing on the Sea Venture that was so extraordinary that it became the inspiration for William Shakespeare’s play The Tempest.