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The original Godspeed, along with the Susan Constant and Discovery, set sail from London on December 20, 1606, bound for Virginia. The ships carried 105 passengers and 39 crew members on the four-month transatlantic voyage. A 17th-century source noted that a total of 52 people were aboard the Godspeed. The expedition was sponsored by the Virginia Company of London, a business venture that had been organized to form a colony in Virginia. The fleet reached the Virginia coast in late April and, after two weeks of inland waterway exploration, arrived at the selected settlement site on May 13, 1607.
The origins of the Godspeed and Discovery are uncertain. The Susan Constant and Godspeed returned to England in June 1607, while the Discovery remained in Virginia and was used for Chesapeake Bay and coastal exploration.
Today, these ships have been recreated at the Jamestown Settlement. Visitors can learn about the four-and-a-half-month voyage from England and take part in periodic demonstrations of 17th-century piloting and navigation.
The Jamestown Settlement re-creations have been designated “the official fleet of the Commonwealth” by the Virginia General Assembly.
Homeport: Jamestown Settlement, VA
Sparred Length: 88'
Rig height: 72'
Freeboard: 7' 6
Sail Area: 2420 square feet
Normal cruising waters: Chesapeake Bay, US East Coast
Contact: Captain Eric Speth