i: What started off as a fluke?
iv: Which fictional island witnessed a wartime transit of Venus?
viii: Where does midnight mask the reared heads of seven rocks?
ALL QUESTIONS INVOLVE THE CHANNEL ISLANDS (inhabited islands not yet mentioned include Herm, Jethou, Brecqhou aka Brechou); uninhabited islets include Écréhous, Les Dirouilles, Les Pierres de Lecq (aka the Paternosters), Burhou, Casquets, Ortac, Renonquet, Crevichon, Grande Amfroque, Les Houmets, Lihou… )
ii: Lagers BORKUM and HELGOLAND, SYLT and NORDERNAY were respectively two work camps and two concentration camps established on ALDERNEY in WW2 (googled jeff_worrell, who had earlier guessed the Nazi occupation would feature in a Q on the Channel Islands)
iii: in Victor Hugo’s Toilers of the Sea, the “Devil Boat” carried cattle between St Malo and GUERNSEY
v: is SARK (the evangelist is Mervyn Peake's MR PYE: correctly guessed dubdobdee)
vi: MOSES CORBET in 1781 (googled kat
vii: is the SARTORIUS BROTHERS, educated on Jersey (their name means ‘tailor-made’: both won VCs (alextiefling via another site)
ix: In 1850, near LES MINQUIERES (aka the MINKIES), the SUPERB diverted to rubberneck the very recent site of the wreck of the POLKA (SUPERB had several POLKA survivors aboard) and itself struck a rock (googled by sbp
x: is the Jersey-born GEORGE CARTERET, a British politician during the Restoration with places named after him in North Carolina (NC) and New Jersey (NJ): he features often in Pepys’ diaries (googled jeff_worrell)