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Catch a glimpse of Susan Constant, Godspeed and Discovery on April 24 as the three vessels depart from their home port at Jamestown Settlement for the start of Journey Up The James, a Signature Event of America's 400th Anniversary. The replicas of the ships that brought America's first permanent English colonists to Virginia in 1607 will pass by several Virginia landmarks and viewing locations as they make their way down the James River to participate in Virginia Beach's First Landing at Cape Henry on April 26.


Over the next month Godspeed will retrace the original settlers' path along the James River with festival stops planned in Hampton, Newport News, Claremont and Surry County, Henricus and Richmond. Godspeed will join her sister ships at Jamestown Settlement for the May 11-13 America's Anniversary Weekend. The three ships will sail in the James River and dock at the museum pier on Saturday morning, May 12, amidst pageantry and cannon salutes.


Locations and approximate times that the three ships will pass by Virginia landmarks and viewing venues are listed below. Please note that these times are approximate. Weather conditions and currents can significantly impact the vessel's progress and will determine whether the ships' sails or engines are used.



7:30 a.m. Ships begin departing Jamestown Settlement


9:15 a.m. Pass College Creek


9:30 a.m. Pass Kingsmill Marina


12:00 p.m. Pass James River Bridge


2:00 p.m. Pass Fort Monroe


3:30 to 5:00 p.m.

Possible fleet sail in the lower bay


by 7:00 p.m. Dock at Little Creek Marina

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