Sir George Somers died in Bermuda, where he had returned to stock up on hogs and fish for the stricken colony of Jamestown, Virginia.
Somers had led the heroic battle to save the Sea Venture from going under after it encountered a fierce hurricane on July 24, 1609.
All 150 passengers made it safely to shore four days later. The castaways spent the next 10 months building two ships, the Deliverance and the Patience, on which they set sail for Jamestown on May 10, 1610.
They found the colony in desperate straits, with the majority of settlers killed off by disease, starvation and attacks by Indians. Somers left Jamestown for Bermuda in late July. His arrival date is not known. Neither is his cause of death. Some scholars have speculated that he died of food poisoning.
His nephew and heir Matthew Somers took Somers’ body back to England, where he was buried with full honours in his hometown of Lyme Regis.