In July 1822, less than a month before his 30th birthday, Percy Bysshe Shelley drowned in a sudden storm on the Gulf of La Spezia while returning from Leghorn (Livorno) to Lerici in his sailing boat, the Don Juan. "That same night," according to author Lynn Shepherd, "his friend Lady Mountcashell dreamt of him, his face pale and melancholy, saying mournfully, 'I shall never eat more'. She had no idea then, that he was dead. It was 10 days before the bodies were found, flung onto the beach near Viareggio. By then Shelley was only identifiable by the clothes he wore, and the book he still carried in his pocket. His face and hands had been completely eaten away."