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Godspeed Sets Sail for Onancock, Mount Vernon, Quantico


August 31, 2007        

WILLIAMSBURG, Va.–Jamestown Settlement’s Godspeed will undertake two voyages this fall to six Virginia locations – Onancock, Mount Vernon and Quantico in September, and Urbanna, Charles City County and New Kent County in November.

The Godspeed is a re-creation of one of the three ships that brought America’s first permanent English colonists to Virginia in 1607 and has had a central role in events commemorating the 400th anniversary of the founding of Jamestown, beginning with a goodwill tour to six East Coast ports last year.  The ship’s home port is Jamestown Settlement, a state-operated museum of 17th-century Virginia.

In Onancock, on Virginia’s Eastern Shore, the Godspeed will be open for free public tours at the town marina from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, September 14, and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, September 15.  The visit is part of a weekend event marking America’s 400th Anniversary and includes a boat parade from 8 to 10 a.m. on September 15.

The Godspeed will be open to visitors at the Mount Vernon wharf on the Potomac River from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday-Saturday, September 20-22.  Ship tours are included with admission to George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens.

The Godspeed visit to Quantico is sponsored by the Come Home to Prince William Committee.  The ship will be located at the Quantico Marine Corps Base marina and following a 1 p.m. ceremony on Sunday, September 23, will be open to the public from 2 to 5 p.m.  The ship also will be open for public tours on Monday, September 24, from 2 to 6 p.m.  Free timed tickets are required for access to the ship and will be available at the Quantico Virginia Railway Express station on September 23 and at the Triangle Shopping Center in Dumfries on September 24.

In all of the ports, historical interpreters will provide on-board and pier-side presentations on 17th-century shipboard life, ship handling, navigation, and commodities transported by sea.   Accomack County students will come to Onancock, and fourth-grade classes from Triangle Elementary School in Prince William County and Quantico School at Quantico Marine Corps Base will visit the ship at Quantico for pre-scheduled maritime education programs.

This spring the Godspeed sailed with the re-created Susan Constant and Discovery from Jamestown Settlement to Virginia Beach to mark the 400th anniversary of the original ships’ first Virginia landfall, at Cape Henry on April 26, 1607.  The Godspeed stopped in Hampton, Newport News and Surry County before returning to Jamestown Settlement.  In May and June, the ship visited Henricus Historical Park, Richmond and Portsmouth and participated in Sail Virginia 2007, Norfolk’s signature event commemorating America’s 400th Anniversary.

All three ships sailed in the James River on May 12 during America’s Anniversary Weekend, docking at Jamestown Settlement amid musket and cannon salutes and commentary.

The Godspeed will be in Urbanna November 1-3, Charles City County November 9-10 and New Kent County November 16-17.

While the Godspeed is at other ports, visitors to Jamestown Settlement will have the opportunity to see and board the Susan Constant and Discovery, as well as the Elizabeth, the representation of a ship known to have made several voyages from England to Virginia between 1613 and 1625.  Located at Route 31 South and the Colonial Parkway adjacent to Historic Jamestowne, the original settlement site, Jamestown Settlement also features a re-created Powhatan Indian village and 1610-14 English fort, a riverfront discovery area that interprets economic activities linked to waterways, 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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