Virginia Conceptual Design

Watercolor of design

Bev Bevilaqua did the initial historical research for Virginia in 1997 and 1998.  This drawing and watercolor are designed to show what the pinnace Virginia would have looked like historically. 

Bev Bevilaqua of Phippsburg Maine was a well known Maine artist working mostly in watercolor. 

Maine’s First Ship was founded in 1997 as The Virginia Project by a group mostly living in Phippsburg Maine (the location of the Popham Colony).  One of the founders, Jane Stevens, actually lived within the boundaries of the Fort St George site.  Bev Bevilaqua had a home and studio a few miles north of the site.

The only drawing we have of the original Virginia is the small detail of a pinnace next to the jetty on the north side of Fort St George.  We also have the description of it as a “pretty pinnace of 30-tunnes”.  At the time this plan was drawn, the only work done on it was probably sawing some wood.  

Pinnace from Hunt plan