Viriginia being replicated in Bath

Maine's First Ship

BATH, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- A group of English men made their home at what would become known as the Popham Colony in 1607. Maine's Kennebec River was a cold and challenging place and the settlement last about a year and a half.

Its people failed in a number of their announced goals. They did not find exorbitant riches, a Northwest Passage and relations with Native People quickly soured.

They did build a pinnace, a ship designed as a coastal schooner. About half the remaining colonists ended up sailing back to the mother country aboard "Virginia."

Virginia would make two trans-Atlantic crossings before disappearing into history.


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