Ship Name

Blessing of the Bay

Type

Bark

Origins/Provenance

Massachusetts

Era

Europe's Reconnaissance (1351-1640)

Year Launched

1631

Home Waters

Massachusetts Bay

Function

Commercial

Displacement (tons)

30

Primary Propulsion

Wind/Sail

Propulsion Specifications

3-masted bark

Hull

wooden

Historical Note

First vessel built in Massachusetts Bay; built on Mystic River (Medford)by shipwright John Molton at direction of Governor John Winthrop in July 1631; maiden voyage eastward in October 1631; later used by John Winthrop, Jr. to explore southern New England and eastern Long Island in 1633.

Related People

Winthrop, John