A 17th-century sketch by Edward Barlow of the ship Sampson
endangered from a storm in April of 1694.
During the 16th and 17th centuries, exploration of the world's oceans became
increasingly important as explorers ventured out to discover new lands for
their European monarchs. But many of these transatlantic journeys could also
prove to be very dangerous. Many unexpected events could arise during the course
of such lengthy expeditions: food shortages, illness, dissention or mutiny among
the crew, and disasters occurring from ice or violent ocean storms.
From Edward Barlow, Barlow's Journal of His Life at Sea in King's
Ships, East & West Indiamen & Other Merchantmen from 1659 to 1703,
transcribed by Basil Lubbock (London, Hurst & Blackett, Ltd., 1934) II, 378.