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Accompanying William Penn on his arrival in America aboard "The Welcome" at New Castle, Delaware in October of 1682 was William Best, a shipbuilder. Best built his first ship for the Governor at "Penny-Pot Free Landing", at the foot of Vine Street…
Water craft were the major means of communications within the colony and it is probable that Governor [William] Penn traveled the 20 miles or so which separated him from his capital city largely with the tides. The Port of Philadelphia was the sec…
William Penn was a shipbuilder in partnership with a Bartholemew Penrose...in Philadelphia. Here we show the Governor, his wife, Hannah, and his small son, John who was born in Philadelphia, returning to Pennsbury in the graceful barge which has b…
Shipbuilder's tools in the 16th and 17th Century were primitive but generally efficient. Shipbuilding was big business with an estimated 300 sailing ships built at the Port of Philadelphia between 1670 and 1710.
[William] Penn was fond of his Indian neighbors and they returned the compliment. He treated them as equals and they were as welcome in the rich halls of Pennsbury as any of his other guests. The Lenape were constantly amazed by the Governor's vig…
The Delaware Indians were Algonquins. Their name, Lenni-Lenape meant "real men" or "native men". They loved the rich land along the river and the men hunted the forests, the women tilled the fertile soil and the children played along the banks of …
The barge was typical of luxurious 17th century rivercraft. It would have been equally at home in the Seine, the Thames or the Delaware Rivers.
Length Overall: 27.6
Length Waterline: 25.3
Beam: 5.0 ¾
Draft Loaded: 1.3 ½
To celebrate the 300th birthday of Pennsylvania
Founded by William Penn
Presented to the Citizens of the Commonwealth
through the generosity of the Grundy Foundation
William Penn's country home, built in 1683-1700.
Known as the "Financier of the American Revolution," Robert Morris was regarded by many as second in importance to General George Washington in winning the War for Independence. He gave Washington the decisive support needed to win battles from Tr…