ever had a moment that you saw or realized something and you thought “WOW, for
the Grace of God, go I”? One day I was
reading about the Angel Gabriel, a 240 ton galleon, in the Great Storm
of 1635. Although I did not find any
ancestors on the passenger list, I thought it was truly sad. These poor people had left everything behind,
took their faith in hand, sailed across the ocean and then when they almost get
to their destination lose everything but their lives. Five of the over 100 passengers and crew died
that August day at Pemaquid Point. I
felt sad for the sacrifices they made. But… I read more.
They didn't travel alone
The story went on to say the ship did not sail alone. Leaving from Bristol, England on May 23, 1635 sailing with the Angel Gabriel were the James, Bess, Mary and the Diligence. The 220 ton James and the Angel Gabriel traveled together as they crossed the Atlantic. They were heading to New England, the other three ships for Newfoundland.
The James barely escaped the deadly rocks they were heading for! The next day, August 16, under calmer skies the James sailed south, passing Cape Anne, Salem and Marblehead to anchor at Nantasket. By August 17th, the James, with rags for sails limped into Boston Harbor with all the 100 passengers and 23 crew members (and their cattle) intact! It took them 12 weeks and 2 days to get there, but they got there!
Information gleaned from: http://kristinhall.org/fambly/Resources/AngelGabriel.html