Nearly 35 million years ago just 300 miles off the coast of modern-day Portugal, a volcano erupted on the fault line between the Eurasian and African tectonic plates. This volcano spewed so much magma from the bottom of the sea floor, it created a small island above sea level. This isle is located at precisely 36.52N,15.38W and the land is rich with Quartz deposits. The volcano is currently inactive, and has not had an eruption in over 7000 years.
August 19-21, 1962
Four enlglish fishermen part of the Gibson Fishing Company set off from Aveiro, Portugal in a small fishign vessel, Evans III, in search of Bluefin tuna. Among the crew was Alex Gibson, the founder of the company himself. As they approached their planned location, the men began to catch tons and tons of Bluefin. After a full day of work, the exhausted men head to their cabins and get their well deserved rest. At approximately 3:00, the men awake to water quickly filling the floor of their stateroom. There had been a small crack on the hull in the Portuguese port that had gone unnoticed during the hull inspection. The hole was ripped open further by rough seas, and allowed water to being to seep into the ship. The men are able to escape the ship using their emergency life-raft. Hours later, the men see a small peice of land, and begin to paddle towards it. When they landed on the uninhabited island, they were able to signal for emergency help through radio. A helicopter was sent to pickup the men, and they were brought back to Portugal to recieve medical treatment. Their ship, Evans III, was never located.
May 23, 1998
Nearly 30 years later, Alex Gibson's son, Mark, had decided to venture back to the island his dad nealy lost his life to. Having made hundreds of millions of dollars with Gibson Fishing Company, Mark decided to purchase the island, as it was still unhabited. After having it prospected for resources, Mark found out that the island was rich with Quartz deposits. This gave him the idea to name the island Quartz Isle. Alex still tells his son about the prodigal amounts of Bluefin they had caught on that trip, and Mark saw it as an opportunity to build a boat dock on his island. He thoguht it was such a nice peice of land, so he moved on the island with his wife and young children. They planted grape vines and started their own vineyard.