Sir George Somers was an English privateer and sea captain who served as admiral of a large resupply voyage toin 1609; his ship the was wrecked and its passengers stranded for almost ten months on the islands of Bermuda. A native of Dorset, in the southwest of England, Somers preyed on Spanish shipping in the West Indies during his early years, earning enough money to buy land and build a nice home near his native town of Lyme Regis. Described as being “a lion at sea,” he was knighted by in 1603, and in 1606 was named in the ‘s to settle . In 1609, Somers sailed on the Sea Venture, the resupply fleet’s flagship that was shipwrecked in the Bermudas. There, despite disagreements with the governor, , Somers helped lead the castaways in their return to Virginia in May 1610. A few weeks later, a new governor, , ordered Somers back to Bermuda to gather supplies. He died there early in November. His nephew Matthew Somers buried his heart and entrails in Bermuda—soon after named the Somers Islands—before returning the rest of his body to England for burial.