The Dry Tortugas
These are the words that young Jim Hawkins used to describe the old sea-dog at the Admiral Benbow Inn. They were written in 1883 by Robert Louis Stevenson, of course, and are from the classic book, Treasure Island. Prior to writing Treasure Island, Stevenson had made two transatlantic crossings. One can assume that while on board he heard many stories of the danger and adventure of the seafaring way of life from the old sea-dogs who were sailing with him. It is not surprising that sailors used stories of the Dry Tortugas to conjure up images of wild storms and shipwrecks, because the myths and legends that surrounded them were well founded in fact and the Dry Tortugas have been synonymous with shipwreck for centuries.
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