PortCities London

The Tudor and Stuart port

Trade and expansion in the 17th century

New opportunities

Godspeed at Greenwich.
View full size imageA replica of the Godspeed at Greenwich in 1985. © NMM
During the 17th century, London's merchant adventurers continued to seek out new commercial opportunities.

In December 1606, three small ships - the Susan Constant, Godspeed and Discovery - sailed from Blackwall with the backing of a Company of Merchant Adventurers. They founded the state of Virginia in North America.

That was 14 years before the Pilgrim Fathers set out from Plymouth. Here is a photograph of a replica of one of the ships, the Godspeed.

Landfall Virginia

The portraictuer of Captayne Iohn Smith Admirall of New England.
View full size imageCaptain John Smith. © NMM