The Woods Hole Historical Museum will host a virtual conversation on Tuesday, Dec. 12 at 7 p.m. with Jim Parmentier of Maine’s First Ship, discussing the group’s reconstruction of the 1607 pinnace Virginia of Sagadahoc — the first ocean-going ship built in the New World by English colonists.
Settlers in Maine built the original 51-foot Virginia to support the Popham Colony at the mouth of the Kennebec River. The replica, launched last June, meets all U.S. Coast Guard requirements to serve as a floating classroom.
Parmentier will describe the design and construction of the ship, as well as relating the history of the Popham Colony and the archaeological research that has revealed new information about the site. A current board member of Maine’s First Ship, he is a former East Falmouth resident and sailing instructor at the Woods Hole Yacht Club.