Jamestown ship to set sail for Norfolk Harborfest

WYDaily.com is your source for free news and information in Williamsburg, James City & York Counties.

Jamestown Settlement's Godspeed under sail. (Courtesy Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation)
Jamestown Settlement’s Godspeed under sail. (Photo courtesy of Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation)

One of Jamestown Settlement’s historical ships soon will sail down the James River next week to participate in the 40th-annual Norfolk Harborfest.

The Godspeed, a re-creation of one of the three vessels that brought America’s first permanent English colonists to Virginia in 1607, will participate in Harborfest from June 10 to 12.

Beginning with a parade of sails at noon on June 10, the ship will be docked at Norfolk’s Waterside Marina throughout the weekend and will be open for public tours from 3 to 6 p.m. on June 10 and from noon to 6 p.m. on June 11 and 12.

The Godspeed is sailed by a crew of Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation staff and volunteers, and its voyages are supported by private donations.

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Godspeed’s commissioning, which took place on May 22, 2006. Upon its completion it embarked on a 10-week voyage along the Eastern Seaboard to launch an 18-month series of signature events commemorating the 400th anniversary of the founding of Jamestown.

While the Godspeed is away from Jamestown Settlement, visitors will have access to the Susan Constant and Discovery, re-creations of the other two 1607 vessels.