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Episode 11 – Virginia State Quarter – Susan Constant, Godspeed and Discovery

Virginia State Quarter

Virginia State Quarter
The Three Ships –
Susan Constant, Godspeed and Discovery

Virginia State Quarter
United States Mint image

Virginia State Quarter features three historic ships. The English settlement of Jamestown starts with the three ships, Susan Constant, Godspeed and Discovery as they set sail and arrive in 1607.

The stories of the ships and the people who sailed the Atlantic on the first expedition of the Virginia Company are filled with courage and conflict, bravery and disappointment, friendship and betrayal, excitement and despair.  Their pursuit to find a new home was filled with contradictions yet, Jamestown became the first Established English settlement in what would become the United States of America.

On the U.S. Mint’s Virginia State Quarter you will find featured the three ships and on this podcast I will tell their stories.

On December 20, 1606 three ships set sail on the first expedition of the Virginia Company; The susan Constant, Godspeed and a small ship Discovery leave England under the command of Christopher Newport.  They are headed to Virginia!

 

Virginia State Quarter 

Design on reverse side – Ships – Susan Constant, Godspeed, Discovery
Released on October 16, 2000
The 10th coin released in the 50 State Quarters Program and the fifth released in 2000
Virginia was admitted into the Union on June 25, 1788
Quarter Reverse Side Designer – Edgar Z. Steever

Plan a trip to visit the ships in a living history museum
Jamestown Settlement and American Revolution Museum
www.historyisfun.org

 

Virginia State Quarter

Episode sponsored by Allianz Travel Insurance
Visit their website – www.allianzetravelinsurance.com

 

Photos of the ships and village.

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Sunset on the Susan Constant, Godspeed and Discovery. Photo – Jamestown – Yorktown Foundation

 

Virginia State Quarter
A recreation of how the ships would have appeared approaching Virginia. Photo – Jamestown – Yorktown Foundation

 

Virginia State Quarter
Visiting a living museum featuring the Susan Constant, Godspeed and Discovery ships at the Jamestown Settlement – American Revolution Museum in Yorktown, Virginia.   Photo- Jamestown – Yorktown Foundation

 

Virginia State Quarter
Tour the ships at the Jamestown Settlement & American Revolution Museum. It’s a living museum.  Photo – Jamestown – Yorktown Foundation

 

Virginia State Quarter
Recreation of the Susan Constant located at the museum

 

Virginia State Quarter
Take a look at the diagram of Susan Constant. She was the largest ship in the fleet of three.

 

Virginia State Quarter
Step onboard the ships for a chance to see and experience what the colonists might have seen and felt.

 

Virginia State Quarter
Try your hand raising the sails.

 

Virginia State Quarter
Go below deck. The ships were built for carrying cargo and not passengers. Take a look inside to see where the colonist would have found their own personal spot for the journey.

 

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The volunteer staff dressed in period clothing share details of life onboard the ships traveling to the Virginia coast.

 

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Below deck; take a tour.

 

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Volunteer staff dress in period clothing to give you an authentic experience which takes you back to 1607.

 

 

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Take a look inside a cabin bunk.

 

Virginia State Quarter
This wall around the village was designed for security and protection of the colony.

 

Virginia State Quarter
Buildings inside the colony. Each building has a specific purpose.

 

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A blacksmith makes tools for the colony.

 

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Cookware used in the colony.

 

Virginia State Quarter
A look inside the colony. Various building and structures.

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