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Jamestown in James City County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Discovery

 
 
Discovery Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 14, 2008
1. Discovery Marker
Inscription.
Specifications:
Length Overall: 66
Beam: 14 10”
Draft: 6 6”
Mast Height: 59
Sail Area: 1,160 square feet
Year Built: 2007
20 tons burden
John Ratcliffe, Captain
12 passengers and 9 crew, est.

The smallest of the three vessels was the pinnace Discovery. It was purchased especially for the voyage by the Virginia Company. Susan Constant and Godspeed sailed back to England in mid-June. Discovery did not sail with the other vessels. It was used by the settlers to explore the inland waterways of the Chesapeake Bay.
 
Location. 37° 13.295′ N, 76° 47.275′ W. Marker is in Jamestown, Virginia, in James City County. Marker can be reached from Jamestown Road (Virginia Route 31), on the left when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is on the waterfront at the Jamestown Settlement. Marker is in this post office area: Jamestown VA 23081, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Godspeed (within shouting distance of this marker); Voyage to Virginia (within shouting distance of this marker); Susan Constant (within shouting distance of this marker); Ships
The Discovery at Jamestown image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 14, 2008
2. The Discovery at Jamestown
(about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); James Fort (about 500 feet away); Powhatan Indian Village (approx. 0.2 miles away); At Jamestown Began: (approx. mile away); Jamestown (approx. mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Jamestown.
 
More about this marker. The left of the marker contains a diagram of the Discovery labeling its various parts, including the Topsail, Mizzen, Main Course, Aft Cabin, Cargo Hold and Forecastle.
 
Categories. Colonial Era
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 476 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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