Ship Name

Arbella (1630

Type

ship (3 mast)

Origins/Provenance

English

Era

Europe's Reconnaissance (1351-1640)

Year Launched

1630

Home Waters

Atlantic

Function

Commercial

Displacement (tons)

350

Primary Propulsion

Wind/Sail

Hull

wooden

Crew

52

Historical Note

The Arbella , under the command of Captain Peter Milbourne, with 8 other ships, departed Yarmouth, Isle of Wight, March 29, 1630, and then spent nearly two weeks trying to emerge from the English Channel. It reached soundings (80 fathom) on June 3, sighted land off Cape Sable, Nova Scotia, on June 6th, and arrived at Salem, Massachusetts, June 13. The route across the Atlantic was about as direct as it could be, sailing westward along the 52nd parallel when the contrary winds permitted.

Related Image

external image arbella2.jpg
Full-scale model(1930) of the flagship of the fleet that brought the Puritans to Massachusetts in 1630; commanded by Captain Peter Milbourne. Image Id: 1736 I

Related People

Winthrop, John

Related Source

Ships of the World: An Historical Encyclopedia (1997)

External Links

Shipboard journal of John Winthrop of 1630 passage to Massachusetts on the __Arbella__