The storm struck from the southwest. In the English Channel, fierce winds and high seas swamped some vessels
outright and drove others hard onto an area known as the Goodwin Sands.
The Goodwin Sands are an extensive sand bank situated along the southeast coast of England. Between
the Goodwins and the town of Deal, located 6 miles to the west, lies the Downs, the traditional anchorage for sailing
ships waiting either for passage up the Thames estuary to the port of London or for favorable winds to take them out into the
Channel and the Atlantic Ocean.