Discovery arrives in Ipswich

VIDEO A CROWD of people turned up to Ipswich Docks today to see a replica of the ship that carried adventurers to America in 1607.Discovery was one of the three ships which carried people, mostly from Suffolk, to America to settle in Jamestown, Virginia, which was to become the first permanent English speaking settlement in the New World.

A CROWD of people turned up to Ipswich Docks today to see a replica of the ship that carried adventurers to America in 1607.

Discovery was one of the three ships which carried people, mostly from Suffolk, to America to settle in Jamestown, Virginia, which was to become the first permanent English speaking settlement in the New World.

The ship, whose captain on the original voyage was Suffolk man John Sicklemore (alias Ratcliffe) arrived at the Haven Marina an hour later than planned and was greeted by a handful of interested spectators.

It set off from Bristol last night and arrived at around 9.15am in Ipswich on a flat bed lorry. It was then hoisted up and lowered into the water.

The ship was being properly rigged up and the masts were being erected before its first visitors on Monday, August 6.

It will be open to the public free of charge from Monday to Monday, August 13, moored outside the Old Custom House.

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Weighing 20 tonnes and spanning 38 feet long, Discovery was the smallest of three ships which together took around five months to reach the New World.

Hans Schreuder, an amateur photographer from Holland said: “I have lived in Ipswich for 15 years and set up a website with pictures of big events in Ipswich.

“I had to be here for this. A lot of people from the Untied States visit the website to see what's going on in Ipswich.”

For more details about the event call Ipswich Tourist Information Centre on 01473 258070.

n. What do you think of the boat? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN or email eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk

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