Jamestown Settlement’s New Replica Godspeed Embarks For Six East Coast Ports
The Godspeed, Jamestown Settlement’s new re-creation of one of the three ships that brought America’s first permanent English colonists to Virginia in 1607, set sail on May 22, 2006, to launch “America’s 400th Anniversary,” an 18-month national commemoration marking the founding of Jamestown. TheGodspeed will visit six East Coast ports from May through July. At each port the ship will be accompanied by a “Landing Party Festival” featuring live music, family entertainment and historical and cultural displays to showcase the legacies of Jamestown – representative government, free enterprise, exploration and cultural diversity.
Performers on stage at the “Landing Party”
Visitors boarding the Godspeed.
Visitors toured the Godspeed at each of the six ports, and had the opportunity to speak with costumed historical interpreters. On shore they experienced a “virtual” voyage in a simulator complete with visuals, narration and motion. In the “Jamestown Experience” area, visitors got a taste of life at sea and at early Jamestown through interactive displays, hands-on activities and scale models of the three ships that brought the settlers to Jamestown in 1607.
The 2006 Godspeed Sail is the first of 10 signature events commemorating America’s 400th Anniversary. The 80-day voyage began on May 22, when the ship departed from its home berth at Jamestown Settlement. The six-port tour included stops at the Alexandria Old Town Waterfront on May 27-June 3; Baltimore Inner Harbor on June 9-12; The Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing in Philadelphia on June 16-19; South Street Seaport in New York City on June 27-July 6; the John Joseph Moakley U.S. Courthouse and Fan Pier in Boston on July 14-19; and the Newport Yachting Center in Newport, Rhode Island, on July 25-July 30.