Captain John Smith’s Shallop-Explorer - Deltaville VA
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Don.Morfe
N 37° 33.175 W 076° 19.518
18S E 382936 N 4157037
Quick Description: Explorer is a full scale replica of the boat Captain John Smith used to explore and map Chesapeake Bay 1607-1608. The boat was built by the Deltaville Maritime Museum as a community project to help Jamestown celebrate her 400th birthday in 2007.
Location: Virginia, United States
Date Posted: 9/5/2020 12:25:10 PM
Waymark Code: WM1331A
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Alfouine
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Long Description:
Captain John Smith’s Shallop-Explorer--Explorer is a full scale replica of the boat Captain John Smith used to explore and map Chesapeake Bay 1607-1608. The boat was built by the Deltaville Maritime Museum as a community project to help Jamestown celebrate her 400th birthday in 2007. There were no plans or pictures of this boat, just a thumbnail sketch on John Smith’s map of the Chesapeake Bay. Research from writing of the day indicated that the shallop.

• Was a knocked-down boat shipped disassembled in the hold of the Susan Constant and reassembled at destination.
• Was 30 feet long and carried about 15 people. From Smith’s account, “an open barge of near three tons burden”.
• Had a flat bottom open hull, carvel sides, low freeboard, small transom, external rudder.
• Had one, and possibly two, free standing masts with lug rigged sails.
• Had 12 rowing positions (6 per side).

Explorer Statistics
Length 31’ Beam 8’ Draft 22” Displacement: 2.5 tons Sail Area: 300 sq. ft. Hull Material: Eastern white cedar over oak frames. Mast: Fir Oars: Pine, 14” Man hours to build: 1000 Approximate cost to build: $65,000.00.

Project Chairman: Raynell Smith Designer: Jim Thimsen Builder: Stefan Auer Project Manager: Kaptain Krunch God Mother: Jinks Holton

Explorer has traveled throughout Chesapeake Bay telling the story of Captain John Smith and what befell his men during their many months of exploration. Our re-enactors make particular note of Captain Smith’s near death encounter with a stingray at Stingray Point here in Deltaville.

In addition to relating the history of the first English men to settle in our area, Explorer is an interactive display. Visitors are encouraged to come out and row and sail the Shallop on designated days each month. How can we best know that these early explorer endured except by navigating in their wakes?

LOCATION: Marker is in Deltaville, Virginia, in Middlesex County. Marker can be reached from Jackson Creek Road (Virginia Route 660) 0.1 miles south of Bucks View Lane (Virginia Route 683), on the left when traveling south. The marker is on the property of the Deltaville Maritime Museum. postal address: 287Jackson Creek Road, Deltaville VA 23043
Is there a tour: None

If boat is a garden what was planted in it: Not listed

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