About Maine's First Ship

Maine’s First Ship is a project to reconstruct the 1607 Pinnace, Virginia, the first English ocean-going vessel built in the Americas. The goal is to create a floating classroom for students of all ages.  The work is being done by volunteers. We gladly accept donations to help us build (and soon operate) the pinnace Virginia.

Virginia is being reconstructed in and around the Bath Freight Shed in Bath Maine.  The Freight Shed is about 10 miles north of the Popham Colony site, which was located in what is now Phippsburg Maine at the mouth of the Kennebec River.

Volunteers work on the construction two days a week (Wednesday and Saturday) year-round.  The Visitor Center is open various days of the week, depending on the time of year.  

You can sign up to receive Maine’s First Ship newsletter, or look here to see back issues.  We would love you to become a member of Maine’s First Ship.  We will be launching in 2021, and we need your help.

Days until the launch

Funding has been provided by The Maine Humanities Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act economic stabilization plan of 2020.