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Welcome to the History Is Fun blog. Our topics will range from historical insights to short articles about topics of interest in 17th and 18th-century history at Jamestown Settlement and the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown.

Sailing Godspeed in the Bay

View from the main topyard as Godspeed sails from Reedville to Cape Charles.

Godspeed Voyage Offers Portal for Time Travel, Curiosity

“Interpretation is the revelation of a larger truth that lies behind any statement of fact. . . [and] should capitalize [on] mere curiosity for the enrichment of the human mind and spirit.” – Freeman Tilden Interpreting Our Heritage Jamestown Settlement and the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown are living-history museums. Our frontline staff are historical inter

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Sailing to St. Mary’s

Friday, September 29, 2017 Dockside. St. Mary’s MD After three days of strong northerlies which forced us to motor, we finally found a fair breeze that was not blowing near gale force. And, what a beautiful place to sail! This morning we made our way under power out into the Chesapeake Bay from our anchorage on the Great Wicomico River, around Smith Point, and into th

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Rescuing Oscar: Safety Drill on Godspeed

Wednesday, September 27, 2017 Dockside, Hampton, VA We left early from Ft. Pocahontas this morning and arrived in Hampton midafternoon. Hampton is a regular stop for us. We typically stop here for the less glamorous tasks so necessary when operating a ship – taking on fuel and discharging black water at one of the local pump out stations. While we got a little motor

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A Well-Provisioned Ship

Tuesday, September 26, 207 Dockside, Henricus Historical Park Shepherd’s Pie There is no faster way to make or break a voyage than by the quality of food provided to the crew. Though Captain John Smith was a soldier, he wrote one of the authoritative early 17th century treatises on life aboard English ships. In Sea Grammar (1627), he says: “Men of all other prof

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Sailor’s Creed to Life at Sea

Monday, September 25, 2017 Dockside, Henricus Historical Park For hundreds of years, a life at sea has unlocked opportunities that would otherwise have been unachievable for many young men. This was not the case for Bartholomew Gosnold, who commanded the original Godspeed in 1607. He was born into a wealthy and politically influential family, which allowed him to beco

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The Importance of Volunteers to Jamestown Settlement’s Sailing Program

Saturday, September 23, 2017 Dockside, Henricus Historical Park, Virginia As expected, there was very little wind for us yesterday as we departed from Fort Pocahontas in Charles City County and began making our way up the James River to Henricus. All of us look forward to sailing Godspeed, so using our auxiliary diesel engines is never our first choice. Days like yest

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Explore Godspeed engine space

It’s day two of the Godspeed voyage to Henricus and Reedville. Explore the engine space on Godspeed in this video with Todd Egnor.  

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First Day of Godspeed Voyage

Thursday, September 21, 2017 Dockside, Fort Pocahontas, Charles City County, Virginia One thing you learn quickly when sailing traditional ships is that time moves at a very different pace aboard ship. For the colonists coming to Jamestown in 1607, that would have been even more true. The three original ships – Susan Constant, Godspeed, and Discovery – too

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Video Tour of Godspeed

Enjoy a video tour of Godspeed as the ship prepares to embark on a two-week Outreach voyage.

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Jamestown Settlement’s Godspeed Signals the Start of Outreach Voyage

The International Code of Signals denotes a blue flag with a white square to represent the letter “P”, or “Papa” in the phonetic alphabet. For generations, sailors have called this flag by its nickname – Blue Peter. When flown on the foremast of a ship in port, it means “All persons should report on board as the vessel is about to proceed to sea.” While a standard set

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