The Tall Ship Godspeed, a re-creation of one of the three ships (PDF file) that brought America’s first permanent English colonists to Virginia in 1607, is coming to Alexandria’s waterfront from October 4 – 9. The Godspeed will host public tours and school field trips in Alexandria during it’s time in port. The ship, from Jamestown Settlement living-history museum in Virginia’s Jamestown-Williamsburg-Yorktown “Historic Triangle,” last visited the city in 2008.
The Godspeed will be docked at the north end of the Alexandria City Marina, adjacent to Founders Park near the intersection of North Union and Queen streets, and will be open for free tours from 3 to 6 p.m. October 4-7, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. October 8, and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. October 9. Visitors will be able to explore the ship and talk with historical interpreters about the 1607 voyage and 17th-century sailing, navigation and shipboard life.
This replica of the Godspeed was built in 1984 in London, England and was designed by Duncan Stewart and built by Carl Pedersen and his crew.
You can help bring the story of America’s birth to life with a gift to the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, Inc. Find out how to support the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation by visiting this link or donate online now. For more information about the Jamestown Settlement & Yorktown Victory Center, visit www.historyisfun.org.
The maiden voyage of the Godspeed can be found online. The slideshow gives a decent look at what life is like on board a tall ship at sea.