Naval Architecture & Engineering:

The Godspeed,
replica of vessel which colonized
Jamestown,Virginia,  1607a.d.

Godspeed & Lady Liberty
                                                                   (image courtesy of Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation)

On her maiden voyage from Maine to Virginia


    My study of physics, engineering and naval architecture at U.C. Berkeley combined with my CAD experience enabled me to work as a designer at Tri-Coastal Marine, Inc., where I produced most of the drawings for the Godspeed.  In 1607 three ships arrived at what became the Jamestown Colony.  The largest was the Susan Constant, second was the Godspeed and the smallest was the Dove.  Very little is known about exactly what these ships actually looked like.  So I had to research similar vessels from that era.  Unfortunately, contemporary shipwrights did not keep detailed records or descriptions of their projects since theirs was a long and slowly evolving tradition of craft rather than innovation.  Naval architecture did not exist as a profession per se.  Ironically, some of the best records we have of vessels from that era are paintings of seascapes. So we started with a sort of galleon midship section. I modeled the hull in Multi-Surf. While I kept the freeboard and deck plan authentic, I pushed the hull form below the water line to reflect some of what we’ve learned in four centuries of study of wave resistance, including moving the center of buoyancy aft of midships. I heard a bit of grumbling about that not being traditional, but nobody complained after she was launched and actually sails.

Lines Plan with table of offsets

Lines Plan


General Arrangement

Godspeed General Arrangement


Engine Room with machinery

Godspeed Machinery


Rigging Plan

Godspeed rigging plan



Outboard Profile & Sail Plan with paint scheme

Godspeed