If you were at Baltimore’s Inner Harbor for Maryland Fleet Week, or at the City of Alexandria’s Marina in mid-October, you likely saw several historic ships docked at each harbor. One of those ships was Jamestown Settlement’s Godspeed, a re-creation of one of the three ships that brought America’s first permanent English colonists to Virginia more than 400 years ago.
Why was Godspeed in Baltimore and Alexandria? It was there to generate awareness of Virginia’s year-long statewide campaign, 2019 Commemoration, American Evolution, which will draw national attention to the 400th anniversary of key historical events that occurred in Virginia in 1619 and that continue to influence America today.
On October 3rd, Godspeed took a tour of the Baltimore Harbor with re-enactors, volunteers, members of the media and Professor Richard Snyder from the Virginia Institute of Marine Science. Those aboard learned how 16th-century sailors navigated and survived the perilous journey across the Atlantic Ocean. Professor Snyder gave a fascinating talk about the ecology of the Chesapeake Bay and Godspeed saluted Fort McHenry with a cannon shot, which was captured on video, take a look! Baltimore Post Examiner reporters produced a video of the entire Baltimore Harbor sail, which captures the wonderful day. While docked in Baltimore during Fleet Week, Godspeed had over 5,200 students and visitors; and while docked in Alexandria, Godspeed had over 3,600 students and visitors!
The second leg of Godspeed’s voyage ended in Alexandria, VA. On October 12th, reporters toured Godspeed in Alexandria, including WTOP’s Liz Anderson, who wrote a great article about her day onboard the ship. The article also includes key information about 1619 Virginia, along with her social media posts about the topic. Godspeed was docked in Alexandria through October 14 where it hosted public tours and school field trips to raise awareness of the 2019 Commemoration.