Thursday, January 21, 2010

And There Were Three


On our anniversary trip in June of 2007, one of our stops was to the Jamestown Settlement, a living-history museum of 17th century Virginia. We enjoyed a re-creation of the James Fort, a Powhatan Indian Village, and we checked out the first three ships which brought the Colonists to Jamestown.

Since we took so many pictures that day, I will share with you only the three ships today. Above is my favorite picture. Her name is the SUSAN CONSTANT. Captain John Smith came to our country on this ship. Below are more pictures !





The other two ships were named DISCOVERY (left) and GODSPEED (right). We toured all three of them while we were there.





Capt. George is ready to head out to sea!!!! Wanna go with us?





Captain George asked me to steer with the tiller... Aren't you impressed????





Here is one of the small cannons inside of one of the boats.





We were on the Susan Constant and I was checking out the captain's quarters!!!! Quite comfy if I say so myself!!!!





Captain George looks like he is ready to fire at the Discovery!!!!! Mercy Me!!!!





Here's one more picture of the Susan Constant. The Godspeed and the Discovery were directly beyond this one.

I will post more Jamestown pictures on other posts. I had studied and learned about Jamestown for many years, but had never been there until we took this trip in 2007. We had an awesome time!

Hugs,

48 comments:

Valerie said...

I loved Jamestown! As soon as I saw the picture I was so excited! I was there too!! Thanks for bringing back such great memories for me!

Arkansas Patti said...

Thanks for taking us along. I love things that ooze history. It gives me goose bumps.
You and George looked right at home.

Beth said...

Great pictures, Betsy! Many thanks to you and Captain George for a virtual voyage to Jamestown! :-) I enjoyed it.

This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

Betsy: What a fun post of the sea faring people. You both made good captains.

Dar said...

You and Captain George look ready to protect your ship from those swashbucklers...what a wonderful post. Re-creations are so educational and I can see every one of my kids and grands eating this up. Oh to be closer.
Blessya

T said...

I love seeing the old ships!

You and George are such an inspiration!! I love seeing all that you two do and how happy you are!!

Dorothy said...

It's amazing to think that our ancestors came across the big ole sea in those little boats!!!

Small City Scenes said...

I love the wooden ships. We have some on display out here too.
Isn't it amazing that they are smaller than we think they should be. MB

Daisy said...

Cool pictures, Betsy! I've never been to Jamestown.

Busy Bee Suz said...

I love the names of the ships!!! I would like a boat, just so I can name it. :0

Roses and Lilacs said...

I would really love to see that. I have traced my ancestry back to John Woodson who arrived in Jamestown in 1619 as surgeon for a company of British soldiers. His gun is still displayed in one of the local museums.

Those ships would be very like the one he sailed on. Maybe soon I will be able to visit the area.
Marnie

Harriet said...

Looks like another fun exciting trip.

Sunny said...

Ahoy Mates! Looks like a wonderful place to visit. It reminds me of the Mayflower in Plymouth.
Sunny :)

Sunny said...

Thanks for bringing back nice memories, Betsy!

My hubby and I lived near there and we visited a few times. I loved these ships :)

Then in the 1970's we got out of the Navy and took a long road trip with our 4 little ones to Jamestown and Yorktown and Williamsburg.

We rented a cute 2 bedroom cottage right on the beach in Oceanview, which is where our starting point was.

Jo said...

Betsy, I loved this post. Yep, the captains quarters look comfy with suit of armour-and-all. You and George make good seafarers. Hope your foot is healing/less painful? (((Hugs))) Jo

carolina nana said...

I HAVE ALWAYS WANTED TO GO TO JAMESTOWN. HAVE YOU EVER BEEN TO ROANOKE,NC? I WENT THERE AND SAW THE DRAMA "THE LOST COLONY" ABOUT THE EARLY SETTLERS. IF YOU HAVEN'T BEEN YOU SHOULD GO IF YOU LIKE EARLY HISTORY,IT IS VERY GOOD.

Karin said...

Thanks so much again - learned something new!! Hope your foot is on the mend!
Hugs,
Karin

Diane said...

Pretty names for the pretty for pretty ships. Nice pictures, Betsy.

Darla said...

I bet it was awesome to tour these ships!

Ginny said...

What great pictures of the big ships! The last one really shows off their pretty paint. That captain's quarters looks absolutly claustrophibic!! I would have run amok on those ships! I would have blown my camera up!! Yes, I would love to meet sometime, especially at Olive Garden!

~mel said...

How fun! I love excursions like that. Thank you for sharing such a great memorable day with us.

Lucy said...

One of my favorite places to visit!! About 10 years ago I went there. Did I miss the ships? I don't remember them being there. Anyway, there was a glass blower there and I had him make me some little juice glasses. I still just love them to this day. Although there are now only 3 and I have no idea what happened to the 4th. I was in California for 20 months. Hmmmmm...... Who broke it?! My favority thing to see there was a skeleton they found and were working on in one of the buildings. I could have camped out there watching them.

Betty said...

Lovely ships.I bet you had a great time I know I would have I love boats. You and Geaoge always seem to have such a Wonderful time.
~~Hugs~~

The Incredible Woody said...

I loved our trip to Jamestown and Jamestown Settlement! The movie "The New World" used those boats!!

imac said...

Nice shots Betsy, Captain George Cook looks the part.

Tricia said...

Very impressed, indeed! Looks like you two had a wonderful time. I'd love to visit historic places like that, but I need a navigator (someone like George, preferably)! heheheee
BTW, I love that suit of armor in the Captain's Quarters - Very cool trip!

Joy said...

Oh I've always wanted to go to Jamestown. Now I really do.
What a great historical tour. I'd love it.
You make a great ship mate!

♥ Joy

Thoughtfully blended hearts said...

That must be a very great place to visit..You and George look like you were having so much fun...Loved the ships!!!

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

Those ships are beautiful.but,somehow I don't think I would want to cross the ocean in one of those.I would love to see them,especially in full sail.
Blessings,Ruth

Your EG Tour Guide said...

The old ships are wonderful to see!

Aunt Amelia's Attic said...

OT but... Thank you for your comment over on Jenny Matlock's blog, on 'I wish I was a master of photoshop.'

I so agree with you! Help those who truly need help. But not the ones who think they DESERVE to be taken care of.

Thank you for being brave enough to say it.

Sandra said...

you bring me more fond memories from my past. i have not seen these, but saw 3 very similar ones in Charlestown SC when I was a young teen. I walked around on them and could not believe anyone would cross and ocean in something so small. since I am and always have been afraid of water and anything that float on it,the thought of these small sturdy ships tossing around in the waves still gives me shivers. love all the shots of the two brave mariners.

LV said...

I am sure there plenty others out there, but you and George have to be most raveled, fun couple I have heard of in awhile. I think it great and keep it up.

Janie said...

That looks like a fascinating tour. I'm sure the comfy captain's quarters were much better than passengers or crew enjoyed.

Rose said...

I cannot imagine heading across the ocean in one of these ships. But they sure do fascinate me.

Marge said...

I love these old ships - so much history! Great photos! Hope you're doing well and safe from the storms. At least it's warmer this week!

Kay said...

Hi Betsy,
Yes, we are still fine here in soggy California. We did not have fires close to use last summer/fall, so we do not have the threat of mudslides. The bad areas are about 25 miles from us.
Thanks for checking.
I love your "tall ships" photos.
Kay

A Brit in Tennessee said...

Fabulous pictures Betsy !
I always love looking at the old wooden ships, they are a testament to the craftsmen of that time.
George looks right at home there as Captain, and you his first mate !
I'd love to take a trip like this some day, and see the eastern coast settlements.

Cheryl said...

What a great trip, both fun and educational. Captain George looked right at home!

The Retired One said...

How fun! They look like beautiful ships!

Kirigalpoththa said...

This reminds me seeing 'HMS Victory' at Portsmouth, UK a few years back.

Lovely ships!

The Muse said...

Such a pleasurable experience...
I love visiting the historical places of our country...there are so many marvelous locations and events :)

With all your smiles, I dare say, that your time was most memorable!

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Robert V. Sobczak said...

That looks like fun. Historical parks are my favorite. And what a great place to celebrate your anniversary. The boat metaphor (especially the journey part) are very apt.

Pedaling said...

hi, Betsy,
quite the popular blog you have here.
love the photos the family and your beautiful, interesting site.
i've been to Tennessee before, many times as a child- my grandparents lived there.
it is a lovely place. i remember it being so green!
thanks for stopping by mine and letting me know you were there.
yes!
go America
and God Bless the USA!

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

We visited Jamestowm mnay years ago when our children were young. It was very interesting --I'd love to see more of your photos someday.

Cookie said...

I have never been to Jamestown. I love old historical stuff like that. I always wonder about who else has walked where I am walking or who was stood in this spot or touched this tree etc...

SquirrelQueen said...

The ships are magnificent, I would love to see them in person. This must have been so exciting, you and George look like you are having fun. The Susan Constant is a fine looking vessel.

storyteller said...

What wonderful photos of these ships ... looking at them reminds me of overnight field trips with my 5th graders on the Brig Pilgrim in Dana Point Harbor.
Hugs and blessings,
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