SEARSPORT — Penobscot Marine Museum presents “Maine’s First Ship” with Jim Parmentier at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 21, via Zoom.

For the past 10 years volunteers have been working to reconstruct the vessel Virginia. This presentation will focus on those efforts. The program is free, with a suggested admission fee of $5. Visit to reserve tickets.

The Virginia was the first ocean-going vessel built by the English in North America. In 1607 King James I granted a land-use charter to establish permanent settlements in the New World. One company attempted a settlement at the mouth of the Kennebec River in what has become known as the Popham Colony. The settlers were unprepared for the harshness of the Maine winter and, after 14 months, gave up their colonial effort. During that period, however, the colonists constructed a vessel with which they intended to explore the coastline of the New World. They named their ship Virginia of Sagadahoc. When the settlement was abandoned in the summer of 1608, the colonists sailed her back to England.

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