She is Thy Ruler of the seas, with her mightyfulle velocitie moure veloce than the wynd, and mightyer than the rocke, she is, my Deare Godspeed
— this, Diary of Bartholomew Gosnold, Captain of Godspeed
Godspeed was a 40-ton brigantine estimated to have been 68 feet in length. In 1607 it was one of three ships of the English East India Company whose voyage resulted in the founding of the first permanent English settlement in the new colony of Virginia, in North America - Jamestown. The route sailed included a stop in the Canary Islands, then on to the Caribbean, and further on to the coast of Virginia. The voyage lasted 144 days with one death in the Caribbean. On this first voyage all 39 passengers and 13 crew were male.
This ¾" thick wooden replica of the Godspeed is handcrafted in the U.S. to reflect its historical features. It can set neatly on a shelf, wainscoting, or window/door trim to remind you of a special place you've visited or dream of visiting someday. A short description is written on the back. Look for Casper, our trademark black cat, taking up residence within the design. This is the sign of an authentic Cat’s Meow!
Visit the Godspeed in the Colonial National Historical Park.