Jane Stevens in fog

Boats were and still are part of the equipment carried aboard every ship as a tender. The shallop Jane Stevens is Virginia’s boat. 

A shallop in the 17th century was a small boat without a deck which could be rowed or sailed. It was used mainly as a tender for larger vessels or for coastal fishing.  Shallops have a shallow draft and can be used on both coastal and inland waterways.  The word comes from the French chaloupe, and similar boats were used by the French, Dutch, Basque, and Spanish (chalupa in Spanish). Over time both larger and smaller boats have been given this name.

In the summer of 2010, Maine’s First Ship built a shallop as its first boat.  This was done primarily by high school students as part of the Shallop Project. You can see videos from that project on the Videos page.

The shallop is named Jane Stevens after one of the founders of Maine’s First Ship, who had lived at the site of the Popham Colony during her retirement.

In the summer, the shallop Jane Stevens can commonly be seen anchored in the Kennebec River next to the Bath Freight Shed.  In the winter she rests in the boat yard. Sometimes she gets to take road trips or go rowing on the Kennebec.

Jane Stevens
Shallop and students
Launching the shallop Jane Stevens
Jane at Pemaquid 17th century encampment
Jane in the boatyard
Bird's eye view of Jane Stevens
Road trip
Rowing Jane
Sailing on the Kennebec