The "Sea-devils" Incident.

About Michaelmas 1587 the wind blowing hard at south and south-east in an extraordinary storm 5 Dutchmen were blown against the white cliff at Bembridge on a dark night. Their boat was all split to pieces but the wind being so hard and violent in their backs and especially they having sea-coats about them they were kept up against the cliffs. When they came to the top of the cliff they were not able to stand upright but crept on all fours whereupon the watch thought they had been sea-devils and awhile shunned them. But afterwards they took pity on their distress and carried them to Leal's house, where (there and at Blow's house under the hill) they stayed a month before they went for Holland, their country.