WILLIAMSBURG, Va., September 21, 2016 – Jamestown Settlement’s Godspeed departs September 27 on the first of two voyages this fall. The 17th-century replica ship will head for the Chesapeake Bay and Rappahannock River to participate October 1 and 2 in the 2016 Hospice Turkey Shoot Regatta for vessels of classic design, 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 September 30.
The Godspeed will return to Jamestown Settlement during the first week of October and will depart at the end of the month for Middlesex County, where the ship will be a featured exhibit at the Urbanna Oyster Festival. The Godspeed will be open for free public tours at the Urbanna Town Marina from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday and Saturday, November 4 and 5, and will host students from Middlesex County public and neighboring private schools on Education Day, November 3, focusing on the history and ecology of the Chesapeake Bay region.
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, or visit jyfmuseums.org.