, captained by John Ratcliffe
, was the smallest of three ships that were led by Captain Christopher Newport
on the voyage that resulted in the founding of Jamestown
in the new Colony of Virginia
in 1607. According to a 17th-century source, a total of 21 passengers were aboard during its initial expedition.
When Captain Newport returned to London
, he left Discovery
behind for the use of the colonists.
In 1610, Admiral Sir George Somers
(of Sea Venture
fame), proposed a trip to Bermuda
accompanied by Captain Samuel Argall
with the intention of gathering more local supplies for Jamestown.
Blown north towards Newfoundland
, the ships became separated in fog. Argall attempted fishing before turning back.
She then took part in six expeditions in search of the Northwest Passage. During the 1610–1611 expedition in the Canadian Arctic, the crew of Discovery mutinied
, and set their captain Henry Hudson
adrift in a small boat; he was not seen again, and the crew returned to England.
The previous replica, built in 1984 in Jamestown, was shipped to the United Kingdom
for a tour of the UK as part of the celebrations of the 400th anniversary of Virginia's founding. After its tour, which finished in September 2007, the ship was laid up in Ipswich Marina awaiting a move to a more permanent home. On 19 December 2008, 402 years to the day she left London Docks bound for Virginia, she was officially handed to Westenhanger Castle
by the Jamestown UK Foundation, who had brought the replica vessel to the UK. The ship is currently on permanent display at the castle.
The original fleet, as commemorated on the Virginia State Quarter
In May 2007, the United States Postal Service
issued the first 41 cent denomination first class stamp. The stamp had an image of Susan Constant
, and Discovery
was also depicted on Virginia's coin of the 50 State Quarters
, in celebration of the quadricentennial of Jamestown.
- ^ Glyn Williams, "Arctic Labyrinth", Toronto: Penguin, 2009, p 45
- ^ Douglas Hunter, "God's Mercies. Rivalry, Betrayal and the Dream of Discovery", Anchor/Random House, 2007, pp 13, 41
- ^ http://www.historyisfun.org/pdf/Jamestown-Ships/Jamestown_Ships_2013.pdf
- ^ Snell 1974, p. 83, Ch. 4
- ^ Sir George Somers Accessed 2017-01-18
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