The first explorers who crossed the Atlantic in search of the New World were…crazy. Want to know how I know this? Because I’ve been on this
bathtub toy ship on which they crossed the ocean. Growing up near Virginia’s “historic triangle” I have had the pleasure of “exploring” (a cursory tour takes five minutes) a number of replica ships, so I feel fairly confident in saying what you see here is very much the norm for the intrepid sailors of yesteryear, but what stands out about this particular ship–the Elizabeth II–is that after these brave souls made the commute in 1585, they disappeared. Gone. POOF. More than 400 years later, we still have no clue what happened to history’s Lost Colony, but you’ll gain a whole new appreciation for how crazy daring were these first English settlers with a tour of the Elizabeth II replica ship.
The 1585 Elizabeth II replica ship docked on Roanoke Island (Manteo, NC)
A closer view of the 69-foot-long Elizabeth II replica ship. What you see here? It’s a full third of the boat. *bites nails*
The cooking area on board the Elizabeth II.
The dining area on board the Elizabeth II.
Crossing the Atlantic required a crew of about 30 and took approximately 92 days. In the background you can see the bridge from Manteo to Roanoke Island.
A peek into quarters below deck.
The so-called weather deck…because there’s where the weather was.
This is pretty much the entire ship, and it crossed the ocean. ERMAGERD.
The length of the ship “below decks.” Don’t let the light fool you…these areas were typically kept closed so the ship would not take on water and sink.
These beds had handy storage areas underneath, and the vast Atlantic ocean just on the other side of that wooden wall. Sweet dreams?
For more on the Elizabeth II and the Lost Colony of Roanoke Island, please click here.
All photos were taken by Sarah Ballance, who fortunately has not quit her day job. If you’d visit another one of history’s most terrifying spots (because that boat in the middle of the Atlantic is completely terrifying, is it not?) check out her Sins of Salem series of Salem witch trials historical romance.
ABOUT SARAH BALLANCE
Sarah Ballance is a multi-published author of contemporary, historical, and supernatural romance and romantic suspense. She’s been married to her own romantic hero for what he calls a “long, long time” (and no, he’ll never hear the end of saying that). Together they have six children … and clearly too much time on their hands. She currently writes for Entangled and has upcoming releases from both Entangled and Samhain Publishing. Click here to see other posts by Sarah Ballance.