Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Godspeed Crew Trains To Handle Ship

Passengers on the Jamestown-Scotland ferry today caught a glimpse of the 17th century as they crossed the James River near Williamsburg.
Jamestown-Scotland ferry
A new replica of one of three ships that brought the settlers to Jamestown in 1607 was out for one of several training sails so paid crew members and volunteers could practice handling lines and hoisting sails.
Godspeed replica
The three-masted Godspeed is to depart the state-run Jamestown Settlement museum next week for an 80-day sail to six East Coast ports. The voyage kicks off the Jamestown 2007 commemoration -- an 18-month series of events marking the 400th anniversary of America's first permanent English settlement.
Godspeed replica
In all, 30 volunteers will be involved in the trip. Eric Speth is the Godspeed's captain. He says many of the volunteers were on board for the first time today but were able to learn the ropes right away.

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