By admin ~ June 1st, 2013. Filed under: Destinations.
Most cruising boats making the yearly pilgrimage from Florida to Newport and Maine tend to pass up a stopover in New York Harbor. They steam up the East River through Hell Gate to hightail it to Long Island Sound heading “down east.” Doing this, they miss the opportunity to enjoy the spectacular sights and sounds of one of the greatest harbors in the world, not to mention all of the restaurants, theaters and shops of the city, which need no elaboration here.
More than 400 years ago, 117 men, women and children sailed from Plymouth, England with the idea of settling on Roanoke Island. According to historical accounts, shortly after landing, colonist George Howe was killed by natives while searching for crabs. Fearing for their lives, the colonists persuaded Governor John White to return to England to ask for help, and White sailed for England in late 1587. Unfortunately, the war with Spain and a lack of funds delayed White’s return for three years. When he finally returned on August 18, 1590, the settlement was deserted. No trace was found of any of the 90 men, 17 women, and 11 children he had left behind, nor were there any signs of a struggle or battle. The cabins had been deconstructed, the livestock had vanished, and the only hint of humans were two graves, the word “Croatoan” carved into a post, and the three letters “Cro” carved into a tree.