Sir Humphrey Gilbert, commanding eleven ships, departs from Dartmouth, England, bound for North America.

Sir Humphrey Gilbert, commanding eleven ships and 500 men, departs from Dartmouth, England, bound for North America. Three ships desert the mission even before weighing anchor, and Gilbert makes it only as far as the African coast. Walter Raleigh, in a ship piloted by the Azorean-born pirate Simon Fernandes, also turns back.