Hobson Woodward


On his book A Brave Vessel: The True Tale of the Castaways Who Rescued Jamestown and Inspired Shakespeare’s The Tempest

Cover Interview of April 09, 2010

Editor’s note

Originally, this interview ran on the Rorotoko cover page under the headline

“Unknowingly, William Strachey contributed to the creation of a masterpiece”

We highlighted two quotes.

On the first page:

“What emerged in my research and unfolds on the pages of A Brave Vessel is a living portrait of an infant America.”

On the second:

“Two Powhatans of Virginia were almost surely aboard the Sea Venture.  The greatest chronicler of Jamestown, Capt. John Smith, alleged that they were present on the vessel when it wrecked, but scholars have doubted his account because he waited fifteen years to publish it.  By drawing attention to a hitherto overlooked source that dates to just after the castaways returned home I was able to show that Smith was almost surely telling the truth.”