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

Susan Constant

 
 
Susan Constant Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 14, 2008
1. Susan Constant Marker
Inscription.
Specifications:
Length Overall:   116’
Beam:   24’ 10”
Draft:   11’ 9”
Mast Height:   95’
Sail Area:   3,902 square feet
Year Built:   1991
120 tons burden
Christopher Newport, Captain
54 passengers and 17 crew, est.

Susan Constant was the flagship and the largest of the three ships that brought the first permanent English settlers to America in 1607. While anchored in the River Thames near Limehouse, it was involved in a minor collision with another vessel which led to a case in the High Court of Admiralty. The resulting court records were used to assist in determining the size of this re-creation. The original was probably built in 1605 and almost certainly built on the River Thames near London. Soon after the Jamestown colony was planted, the Susan Constant returned to England, continuing its career as an ordinary trading vessel.
 
Location. 37° 13.324′ N, 76° 47.261′ 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. Touch 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
Susan Constant Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 14, 2008
2. Susan Constant Marker
distance of this marker. Godspeed (within shouting distance of this marker); Ships (within shouting distance of this marker); Voyage to Virginia (within shouting distance of this marker); Discovery (within shouting distance of this marker); James Fort (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Powhatan Indian Village (approx. 0.2 miles away); At Jamestown Began: (approx. 0.2 miles away); John Smith Explores the Chesapeake (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Jamestown.
 
More about this marker. The left of the marker contains a diagram of the Susan Constant labeling its various parts, including the Main Topsail, Fore Topsail, Mizzen, Main Course, Fore Course, Spritsail, Aft Cabin, ‘Tween Deck, Forecastle and Cargo Hold.
 
Also see . . .  Jamestown Settlement. (Submitted on February 13, 2011, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
 
Categories. Colonial Era
 
Marker on the Jamestown Waterfront image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 14, 2008
3. Marker on the Jamestown Waterfront
The Susan Constant image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 14, 2008
4. The Susan Constant
Below Decks of the Susan Constant image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 14, 2008
5. Below Decks of the Susan Constant
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on February 13, 2011, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 1,444 times since then and 71 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on February 13, 2011, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.
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