HISTORICAL SOCIETY of HARFORD COUNTY, Inc.
PHOTOGRAPHS OF
CAPTAIN JOHN SMITH'S 1608 VOYAGE
Four Hundred Project


Full scale reproduction of Smith's 30 foot shallop docked in Millard Tydings Memorial Park in Havre de Grace. The shallop was constructed at Sultana Shipyard, Chestertown, MD
Photographed July 22, 2023

On May 12, 2007, a crew of 12 left Jamestown, Virginia on a 121 day tour to repeat the Captain John Smith's historic, Chesapeake voyage of 1608. The crew used only oars and sails to follow Smith's route; thus, opening of the path for America's first, National Historic Water Trail. (Captain John Smith, Four Hundred Project, Sultana Projects, Inc., Chestertown, MD 2007.) The Trail is almost 3000 miles long. (Captain John Smith, Chesapeake, National Historic Trail, www.nps.gov/cajo/, National Park Service, 2007.)


Drawing of Smith's shallop under a rain of arrows.
Photographed July 2007 from the side of the Sultana traveling exhibit

On June 2, 1608, Captain John Smith and a 14 man crew set out from Jamestown to explore the Chesapeake Bay. Smith (1580-1631) was from Willoughby in Lincolnshire, England. He represented the Virginia Company. Smith described the Susquehannocks, who hunted and fished in the Harford and Cecil County region at that time, and he apparently visited their permanent settlement in today's Lancaster County, Pennsylvania and established many valuable alliances with Native Americans . Also, he was first to map the Harford County area. Smith wrote that "heaven and earth never agreed better to frame a place for man's habitation" in spite of attacks on his small crew. (Warner, C.D., Captain John Smith, Project Gutenberg Text, www.gutenberg.org/etext/3130, 1881.) (Hoobler, D., and Hoobler, T. Captain John Smith: Jamestown and the Birth of the American Dream, John Wiley and Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, 2006.) (Kupperman, K.O. ed., John Smith: A Select Edition of His Writings, College of William and Mary, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, University of North Carolina Press, Williamsburg, VA, 1988.)

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