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The Arbella -- Gov. Winthrop's Flagship, The Pioneers' Village, Salem, Mass..jpg
This replica of Arbella was built for the 300th anniversary of Salem in 1930 in conjunction with Pioneer Village, where it is now located.
General characteristics

Arbella or Arabella[1] was the flagship of the Winthrop Fleet on which Governor John Winthrop, other members of the Company (including William Gager), and Puritan emigrants transported themselves and the Charter of the Massachusetts Bay Company from England to Salem between April 8 and June 12, 1630, thereby giving legal birth to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. John Winthrop is reputed to have given the famous "A Model of Christian Charity" sermon aboard the ship. Also on board was Anne Bradstreet, the first European female poet to be published from the New World, and her family.

The ship was originally called Eagle, but her name was changed in honor of Lady Arbella Johnson, a member of Winthrop's company, as was her husband Isaac.[2] Lady Arbella was the daughter of Thomas Clinton, 3rd Earl of Lincoln.[3]

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  1. ^ Davida Rubin, Kenneth Garth Huston. Sir Kenelm Digby, F.R.S., 1603-1665: a bibliography ... (1969), p. 2.
  2. ^ Channing, Edward (1907). A History of the United States, Vol. I, p. 330. New York: The Macmillan Company.
  3. ^ Society, New England Historic Genealogical (1921). "Leaders in the Winthrop Fleet, 1630". The New England Historical and Genealogical Register. 25: 236. Retrieved 2009-05-16.


  • Dictionary of American History by James Truslow Adams, New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1940
  • Gager, Edmund R. The Gager Family: The Descendants of Dr. William Gager, of Suffolk County, England, and Charlestown, Mass., through His Only Surviving Son, John Gager, Who Later Settled in Norwich, Connecticut. Baltimore: Gateway, 1985. Print.

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