William Strachey Signet Ring
This gold ring bears the crest of the Strachey family and is a replica of a brass ring found in the southeastern bulwark of James Fort. William Strachey, Secretary of the Colony in 1610, was shipwrecked on Bermuda during his voyage to Jamestown. He eventually did make it to Jamestown and his accounts of the colony have been invaluable to Jamestown Rediscovery archaeologists. His account of the storm that destroyed his ship, "The Sea Venture" made it back to England and was widely read. William Shakespeare very likely drew from Strachey's account while writing his play "The Tempest." The ring found at James Fort was most likely worn by William Strachey while living in the colony.