“Zacharias“ – described by John Evelyn as the survivor of a shipwreck- is probably Simon Zaharias. Simon was a ship’s pilot shipwrecked off the Swan islands (Honduras) in 1610 or 1611. His story is similar to that recounted by Evelyn as he apparently also built a ship from the remains of the shipwreck to make his escape.
One difference is that Evelyn describes Zacharias as English whereas this Zaharias is described as Flemish.
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