Bermuda, the only place of salvation for thousands of square miles of the North Atlantic. All were saved and, building two small ships, they miraculously appeared at Jamestown the following May, a story incorporated by Shakespeare in his last play, The Tempest . That disaster led to the permanent settlement of the island in 1612, under what became the Virginia Company, one of the first of the modern “corporations.” Bermuda remained to a degree a company town, but in taking to the sea, the revolutionary “Bermuda Rig” was invented in the 17th century. That was the method of powering yachts that is universally employed today, even in more technological variants used by sailors of the America’s Cup, to be raced at the island in 2017. After the American Revolution, the maritime history of Bermuda changed even more dramatically, as it became the major British naval base in American waters, in replacement for the loss of harbours on the East Coast of the United States. The island became heavily fortified to protect The Royal Naval Dockyard, but in 1907, a treaty made the Americans and British allies, a fortunate happenstance for the world, given the conflicts of the 1900s. During the Second World War, the U.S. forces built an airfield, which was used by Bermuda for airplane tourism after the war; and the economy of the island boomed. The rest, they say, is history, which is why you are reading this book in your hotel today.