2. Stormy Skies in the Bay of Portugal

Mappe-monde Geo-Hydrographique ou Description Generale du Globe Terrestre et Aquatique en Deux-Plans-Hemipsheres ou son Exactement Remarquees en General Toutes les Parties de la Terre et de L'Eau, suivant les Relations les plus Nouvelles, par le S. Sanson Geographe Ordinaire du Roy 1691. Woodcut of Shipwreck

A dramatic depiction of a ship's crew scrambling to find a suitable life preserver after their ship capsized. From Wouter Schouten's 1676 book Ost-Indische Reyse.

After six days of smooth sailing, on March 16th, the Charles encountered a fearsome storm in the Atlantic Ocean. In his fear, Terry related the storm back to the Psalm 107, verse 23:

The wind was favourable to us, 'till the 16th day, at night; at which time a most fearful storm met us, we being then in the bay of Portugal, whose violence continued five whole days and nights; and that tempest was the most lively and real comment that ever I observed, on that place recorded in Psal. 107, v. 23, etc. thus rendered:

"In winged ships, whose passage make
And through vast seas their journies take;
See, while their ships in billows keep,
God's works, and wonders in the deep;
Who there commands the winds to storm;
These mount the waves, on which are borne
The tottering ships, on wat'ry heaps,
Now high to th' Heav'ns, then low to th' deeps;
The seamen's hearts they melt for woe,
Nor head, nor foot, their office know;
They reel like to a drunken one,
And stagger, for their wisdom's gone.
Then cry they to the Lord, in these
Great streights, and he them hears, them frees;
The winds and waves obey God's will,
The storm's a calm, the waves lie still;
Then are they glad------------etc."
2. Stormy Skies in the Bay of Portugal