WILLIAMSBURG, Va., September 15, 2015 – Jamestown Settlement’s Godspeed departs September 17 on the first of two consecutive voyages. The 17th-century replica ship will sail up the James River to Henricus Historical Park, where it will be open for tours during Publick Days on September 19 and 20 and host prescheduled student groups September 21 and 22.
A week after returning to Jamestown Settlement, the Godspeed will head for the Chesapeake Bay and Rappahannock River to participate October 3 and 4 in the Turkey Shoot Regatta for classic wooden sailing vessels, the largest hospice regatta in the country. From its mooring in Lancaster County, the Godspeed will host prescheduled education programs for students from area schools on October 2.
A re-creation of one of the three vessels that brought America’s first permanent English colonists to Virginia in 1607, the Godspeed is based at Jamestown Settlement, a museum of 17th-century Virginia operated by the state’s Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation. While the Godspeed is away, museum visitors will have access to the Susan Constant and Discovery, re-creations of the other two 1607 ships.
The Godspeed is sailed by a crew of Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation staff and volunteers, and its voyages are supported with private donations.
Jamestown Settlement is located at State Route 31 and the Colonial Parkway (2110 Jamestown Road), just southwest of Williamsburg and is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. For more information, call (757) 253-4838 or toll-free (888) 593-4682.