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Phoenix of Leith 1666

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I recently found out that my 8 times Great Grandfather came to Virginia from Scotland in 1666 on the Phoenix of Leith.  I would love to build this ship if I can find a kit or plans.  Do any of you guys know of a model that would represent this ship?  Any help or advice would be appreciated.

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I doubt there is a kit of that particular ship. Perhaps with more info as in what type of vessel she actual was etc you may find suitable plans or even a kit of a similar vessel.

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Quick search on Google reveiled the Phoenix - sailing from Leith near Edinburgh, Scotland - carried prisoners and 'persons unwanted in the Kingdom, such as idle vagabonds' to the plantations in the Americas.  These people were sold there as slaves.

 

This would suggest to me that she was a merchant vessel, rather than a military one.

Perhaps that helps you in narrowing down your search?

Peter

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This is an etching of an English armed merchant ship of around 1670 that sailed between England and Canada. Gives an idea of the type of ships sailing to the Americas from England trading in slaves of that period. Which from a Google search of the the 'Phoenix' leads towards.

 

Being late 17th century she's similar in appearance to a Dutch 'pinnace' though my knowledge of English ships of this period is far more limited to that of the Dutch so I'm sure more people may be far more knowledgeable. Though if this is what she may have looked liked, there are numerous plans available for a Dutch 'pinnace'

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On 12/29/2019 at 4:12 PM, Lewis Hunt said:

Who is your ancestor? So did mine (John Shields) except that I understand he went to Barbados, then figured out a way to Virginia.

Hi my supposed Ancestor was also on the Ship. The story goes it was 2 brothers kidnapped on the streets of Edinburgh and taken to Tolbooth Prison and given the choice of rotting in Jail or go to Jamestown to be 7 years a slave. Their names were John and James Farguson (Ferguson). 

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