Cape Cod’s Oldest Shipwreck: The Desperate Crossing of the Sparrow-Hawk

May 16, 2019 @ 7:00 pm
Historic St. Mary's City
18751 Hogaboom Ln
St Marys City, MD 20686
Visitor Center
(240) 895-4990

Meet at the Visitor Center Auditorium.

Join Mark Wilkins, Curator of Maritime History at the Calvert Marine Museum, for a talk centered on the dramatic crossing of the Sparrow-Hawk, a merchant vessel that set sail for Virginia from the southern coast of England, during the winter of 1626-27.  There were a few merchants aboard and several laborers; their intention was to become wealthy tobacco plantation owners.  However, a few weeks into the voyage, many were sick and supplies were running low; the crew was close to mutiny.  They wrecked on the coast of Cape Cod during a fierce storm.  Ultimately, those aboard Sparrow-Hawk were assimilated into Plimoth Colony, but after a time, Governor William Bradford asked them to leave.  A few attained their ambitions in Virginia, eventually.  Many decades passed, and the ship was slowly reclaimed by the shifting sands of Cape Cod until the middle of the 19th century, when she re-emerged and was put on display on Boston Common as a curiosity.  Today, she resides in the permanent collection of the Pilgrim Hall Museum.