"When Sir William Courten dispatched ships to Barbados in the 1620's to establish a permanent settlement in the name of King James, the sailors marveled at the dance of the flying fish. Miss Adelaide Powell was the daughter of one of the captains. She would stare out at the sea and watch the flying fish leap out the water, glide, and skip across the surface. A few years after she passed away from consumption, people reported seeing her spectral figure rise from the water with a swirl of flying fish around her. Most of the sightings occurred before great storms hit the island. In 1780, some of the more superstitious locals fled the island during the summer months before the largest hurricane on record took the lives of thousands in October."