I carved St Wite in Guiting stone in 1989. She was a Saxon saint reputed to have
walked on water to escape being carried off by Viking raiders. She is renowned for
appearing to travellers in distress and guiding them and this is why in my carving
she holds a torch. I only found the Bermuda connection below in 2008 when updating
“The man who inspired Shakespeare to write The Tempest lies buried here in the beautiful
village of Whitchurch Canonicorum, Sir George Somers was a man of great energy. He
not only sailed with Sir Walter Raleigh, captured treasure ships, was Mayor of Lyme
Regis, (where he was born), but also found time to become a Member of Parliament.
He is best known for his part in the Colonisation of Virginia, sailing with nine
ships loaded with settlers. The fleet got scattered and his vessel wrecked on a coral
island. It was one of the Bermuda Islands, the Bermoothes of Shakespeare's play.
He took possession and spent the next year rebuilding boats to eventually land his
settlers in Virginia. Sadly he died in 1610 on a voyage back to Bermuda for more
supplies. His heart is buried there but his body was brought home to Whitchurch.”
quote from www.thedorsetpage.com