Virginia, the first ship built in North America by English colonists, was built in 1607-1608 at Popham Colony’s Fort St George. This, the first English settlement north of Jamestown was located at the mouth of the Kennebec River. As few as 70 of the original 120 colonists built the sturdy pinnace, Virginia, beginning Maine’s long tradition of quality shipbuilding with 4000 ships built just on the Kennebec. During her lifetime, Virginia crossed the Atlantic at least twice, including the trip back to serve the Jamestown colony.
This design of the ornament is based on a drawing by Sam F. Manning of Camden, Maine.