WILLIAMSBURG, Va., May 26, 2016 – Jamestown Settlement’s Godspeed, a re-creation of one of the three vessels that brought America’s first permanent English colonists to Virginia in 1607, will participate in the 40th Annual Norfolk Harborfest® June 10-12, including a parade of sail that starts in Hampton Roads at noon, Friday, June 10. The ship will be docked at Norfolk’s Waterside Marina throughout the weekend and will be open for public tours 3 to 6 p.m. on June 10 and noon to 6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, June 11 and 12.
This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Godspeed’s commissioning – on May 22, 2006 – and subsequent 10-week voyage along the Eastern Seaboard to launch a year-and-a-half series of signature events commemorating the 400th anniversary of the founding of Jamestown.
While the Godspeed is away from Jamestown Settlement, a living-history museum of 17th-century Virginia operated by the state’s Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, visitors will have access to the Susan Constant and Discovery, re-creations of the other two 1607 vessels.
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 on State Route 31 and the Colonial Parkway (2110 Jamestown Road) next to Historic Jamestowne, site of the original 1607 settlement. For more information, call (888) 593-4682 toll-free or (757) 253-4838, or visit hif.ciniva.net. For details about Norfolk Harborfest, visit https://festevents.org/events/2016-season-events/norfolkharborfest40/.