Sailing time from Boston Harbor to Southampton, Long Island in August, 1640s
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12 Jul 2006 21:27 PDT
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In August in the mid 17th century, how long might it have taken for a schooner carrying a dozen people and their baggage to sail from Boston Harbor to Southampton, Long Island?
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Re: Sailing time from Boston Harbor to Southampton, Long Island in August, 1640s
From: myoarin-ga on 14 Jul 2006 04:57 PDT
This is a website about the voyage of replica of a 17th c. ship. http://www.qsl.net/wa4chq/godspeed.html http://www.qsl.net/wa4chq/faq.html In the FAQs you will find that the voyage of 6000+ miles took a little over 3 months, suggesting an average speed of 65 miles per day, which I expect neglects much distance in tacking, but you can contact the site and maybe get better information. On Google Earth, I measured a straight line distance from Boston past Cape Cod, wouth to off Nantucket, and the west to Southampton, total 260 miles, but, of course the actual sailing distance would be significantly greater. This suggests a passage of about one week. If a smaller vessel, perhaps a fore-and-aft rigged sloop was used, it might have stayed closer to shore, lengthening the voyage, but PERHAPS sailing faster. Just a free comment.
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