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Susan Constant is a full-scale re-creation of the flagship of a small fleet that brought America’s first permanent English colonists to Virginia in 1607. Together with the smaller Godspeed and Discovery, Susan Constant is on exhibit at Jamestown Settlement, a living history museum of 17th-century Virginia, and hosts about a half-million visitors every year. Jamestown Settlement is administered by the Jamestown Yorktown Foundation, an agency of the Commonwealth of Virginia. Built on the museum grounds and commissioned in 1991, Susan Constant replaced a vessel built for the 1957 Jamestown Festival commemorating the 350th anniversary of the colony’s founding. While no plans or renderings of the original Susan Constant, Godspeed, and Discovery have ever been located, the replicas are based on the documented tonnages of the 17th century ships, and Susan Constant’s design incorporates research information that emerged after the first replicas were built. With a crew of staff and volunteers, Susan Constant and Godspeed periodically sail to other ports in the Chesapeake Bay region to participate in commemorative and community events and host educational programs. A volunteer sail training program is offered to individuals of all ages.


Flag: United States of America
Rig: Barque
Homeport: Jamestown Settlement, VA
Sparred Length: 116'
LOA: 96'
LOD: 83'
LWL: 77'
Draft: 11' 6
Beam: 24' 10
Rig height: 95'
Freeboard: 11'
Sail Area: 3902 square feet
Tons: 180
Hull: wood


Who Sails? crew consisting of Jamestown Settlement staff and Volunteers ages 18+
Normal cruising waters: Chesapeake Bay
Built: 1991
Crew: 25
Contact: Captain Eric Speth
Tel: (757) 253-4838
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