|A Year of Colonial American Frontier History|
On December 20, 1606, three ships departed England, bound for North America. The three wooden ships were the Susan Constant, the Godspeed, and the Discovery.
The 120 ton Susan Constant also has references that is was really the Sarah Constant. Historians are unsure which the proper name is. At 116 feet long, she was the largest of the three ships and she carried 71 of the 104 colonists. At fifty tons, the Godspeed carried thirty-three passengers and thirteen crewmen. She would have been about sixty-eight feet long. The twenty-ton Discovery carried no passengers. Her purpose was to carry some of the cargo and navigate the shallower rivers after the colonists arrived. Replicas of all three ships reside at Jamestown National Historic Site.
The passage from England to the Virginia shores took 144 days, an unusually long voyage. The ships spent six weeks lolling in the English Channel as they waited for favorable winds that would blow them south. They arrived at Cape Henry on April 26, 1607.
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A Year of Colonial American Frontier History
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