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GODSPEED SETS SAIL THIS FALL FOR LANCASTER, URBANNA

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., September 28, 2012 – The Godspeed is embarking on two voyages this fall, to Lancaster County in October and Urbanna in November, from its home port of Jamestown Settlement, a state-operated museum of 17th-century Virginia.

  Jamestown Settlement Godspeed under sail

The ship, a re-creation of one of the three vessels that brought America’s first permanent English colonists to America in 1607, will be docked at Yankee Point Marina on the Corrotoman River in Lancaster County October 5-7.  On Friday, October 5, the ship will host prescheduled maritime education programs for local students and, from 3 to 5 p.m., free public tours.  The Godspeed will participate in Lancaster County’s Hospice Turkey Shoot Regatta on the Rappahannock River October 6 and 7.

The Godspeed is a featured exhibit at the Urbanna Oyster Festival, where it will be open for free public tours at the Urbanna Town Marina from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday and Saturday, November 2 and 3.  The ship will host students from Middlesex County public schools and area private schools on Education Day, November 1, focusing on the history and ecology of the Chesapeake Bay region.
 
The Godspeed will set out for Lancaster County October 2 and return to Jamestown Settlement on October 10, departing again October 29 for Urbanna.  During the ship’s absences from Jamestown Settlement, 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 museum staff and volunteers, and its voyages are supported with private donations.  The ship participated in OpSail 2012 Virginia in June this year and last visited Lancaster and Urbanna in 2010.

Located at Route 31 South and the Colonial Parkway adjacent to Historic Jamestowne, the original settlement site, Jamestown Settlement features a re-created Powhatan Indian village and 1610-14 fort in addition to the ships, and extensive indoor exhibits that chronicle 1600s Virginia and the cultures that converged there.  The museum is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.  For more information, call (888) 593-4682 toll-free or (757) 253-4838.

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