Godspeed

The original Godspeed, along with the Susan Constant and Discovery, set sail from London on December 20, 1606, bound for Virginia. The fleet reached the Virginia coast in late April and, after two weeks of inland waterway exploration, arrived at the selected settlement site on May 13, 1607. The origins of Godspeed and Discovery are uncertain. The Susan Constant and Godspeed returned to England in June 1607, while the Discovery remained in Virginia and was used for Chesapeake Bay and coastal exploration. Today, these ships have been re-created at Jamestown Settlement, a museum of 17th-century Virginia. Visitors can learn about the four-and-a-half-month voyage from England and take part in periodic hands-on demonstrations. The Jamestown Settlement re-creations have been designated “the official fleet of the Commonwealth” by the Virginia General Assembly.