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St. Mary's City in St. Mary's County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Taking Sail, Taking Chances

 
 
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By Devry Becker Jones, August 30, 2019
1. Taking Sail, Taking Chances Marker
Inscription.  On November 22, 1633, the Ark and the Dove set sail from Cowes on the Isle of Wright in England. Four months later, on March 25, 1634, both ships and approximately 140 passengers sailed up the Potomac River to begin the settlement of a colony to be called Maryland. Their route took them south past the Canary Islands near the coast of Africa and then across the Atlantic to Barbados. Here the two ships met for the first time in two months, the Dove having been thought lost during a storm shortly after their departure. The winter passage of the voyage proved successful as it avoided hurricanes and heat in the tropics. The colonists arrived at a good time for their first planting season in the New World.

All of the approximately 140 passengers sailed to Maryland on the Ark (far right), which was the larger of the two ships. The Dove (right) was laden with supplies but her smaller size would provide a maneuverable vessel for exploring and trading in shallow bays and rivers.

A ship the size of the original Dove would accommodate a crew of about seven to nine men. The officers' quarters
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By Devry Becker Jones, August 30, 2019
2. Taking Sail, Taking Chances Marker
allowed some privacy, as well as space to do chartwork and to keep records.

The common sailors had to fend for themselves among the coils of rope and sails, often in the most cramped and wettest part of the ship. There was little time for leisure activities.


"...with the other Gentlemen adventurers, and their servants...imbarked themselves for the voyage, in the good ship called the Arke, of 300. tunne and upward, which was attended by his Lordships Pinnace, called the Dove, of about 50. tunne."
A Relation of Maryland, 1635
 
Erected by Historic St. Mary's City.
 
Location. 38° 11.142′ N, 76° 26.091′ W. Marker is in St. Mary's City, Maryland, in St. Mary's County. Marker can be reached from Old State House Road west of Point Lookout Road (Maryland Route 5), on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 47414 Old State House Road, Saint Marys City MD 20686, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Welcome to the Maryland Dove (here, next to this marker); "have Their houses near the Watters" (a few steps from this marker); In 1648 Margaret Brent Asks for “Vote...And Voyce” (within shouting distance of this marker); Upon This Shore
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(within shouting distance of this marker); Mathias de Sousa (within shouting distance of this marker); Watery Highways (within shouting distance of this marker); Welcome to the Waterfront (within shouting distance of this marker); Out the Door (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in St. Mary's City.
 
Categories. Colonial EraSettlements & SettlersWaterways & Vessels
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on September 4, 2019. This page originally submitted on September 4, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 30 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 4, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.
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