Ship Name

Matthew (1497)

Type

caravel (3 mast)

Origins/Provenance

English

Era

Europe's Reconnaissance (1351-1640)

Year Launched

1495

Home Waters

Atlantic

Function

Scientific/Exploratory

Displacement (tons)

85

Length (feet)

73

Beam (feet)

21

Draft (feet)

7

Primary Propulsion

Wind/Sail

Propulsion Specifications

square-rigged

Hull

wooden

Crew

16

Top Speed (knots)

7

Historical Note

John Cabot's ship in exploring Newfoundland for England in 1497. Departed Bristol May 1497 and returned on August 6, 1497. Underwritten in part by King Henry VII. Follow-up voyage in 1498.

Image Source

Timeline 2

Related Images

boat7_matthew_1997.jpg
Date: 1997

Image ID: 803

Related People


Cabot, John

Related Events


1497 - English establish first claims to America

Related Source


European Discovery of America: The Northern Voyages, A.D. 500-1600

Record ID: 15