Tuesday, October 6, 2009
Captain Christopher Newport was an English sailor and privateer. He is best known as the captain of the Susan Constant, the largest of three ships which carried settlers in 1607 on the way to found the settlement at Jamestown in the Virginia Colony, which became the first permanent English settlement in North America. He was born in 1561, and died in 1618. He made several voyages of supply between England and Jamestown. In 1609, he became Captain of the new supply ship Sea Venture, which met a hurricane and was shipwrecked in Bermuda. That event began Bermuda's permanent settlement by England.