National Geographic : 1957 May
620 Perry Breon Captain Smith's Little Squadron Sails Again into Hampton Roads A shipyard in West Norfolk, Virginia, built these reproductions for the Jamestown Festival. Billowing square sails drive the 111-foot Susan Constant (right), the 69-foot Godspeed (foreground), and the 50-foot Discovery. Capt. Carl G. Bowman, USCG, commanded the tiny fleet as master of the Susan Constant. "She handles well and tacks and wears beautifully," he reported. Norfolk yachtsmen manned the vessels. Another historic reconstruction, Mayflower II, sails the Atlantic this spring (page 708). of the Chesapeake, namer of New England, And no man did more to bring it about than to which his writing attracted the Puritan this sturdy, indomitable, persevering son of settlements, a mapper whose chart aided a tenant farmer, who began his career as a Henry Hudson's explorations-truly might warrior on horseback and ended it as a John Smith claim that the colonies were frontiersman. Having breathed the invigor "pigs of his sow." ating air of the New World, he was never His vision of a vast and prosperous land again content with the Old. Nor were those peopled with free men has come to pass. who followed him.