*We are currently closed until at least June 30th 2020. In the meantime, you can buy gift vouchers on our website (valid for 2 years)* The Matthew is a replica of the Tudor ship sailed by John Cabot from Bristol ‘discover’ North America in 1497. The ship runs regular public trips and is available for private hire. History: After receiving a charter from Henry VII, Venetian merchant John Cabot led a crew from Bristol across the Atlantic Ocean – the ‘sea of darkness’ – to reach the continent of North America, presumably landing at Newfoundland, and claiming the discovery for the King. The Matthew you see today is a replica of the Tudor ship, based on a huge amount of research. The ship was built between 1994 and 1996, and in 1997 it re-enacted Cabot’s original journey to Newfoundland to mark the 500th anniversary of Cabot’s landmark voyage of discovery.