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Old 06-15-2008, 03:13 AM
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I was wondering if anyone out there knows how long it would have taken to cross the Atlantic, from Le Havre (France) to Quebec in the late 17th century?

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ole man: Really??? that short? It seems like it would have taken much longer.

Robe: I think by way of the Azores, because wouldn't a ship need to restock on stuff like food and water?
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3 weeks give or take 7 days.

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a clipper ship in the 18th century took 10 days to cross the atlantic ,so a good 17th century ship should be no more than double that,no??
it's only 2770 natical miles .
average 5 knots and your there in 3 weeks
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How are you navigating to Quebec?
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Two to three months depending on the winds. If you want a tighter range for an average - - say 9 weeks plus or minus a week. You first have to sail south towards the Azores or even as far south as Madeira or the Canary islands to pick up the prevailing winds from the east to push the ship to the west.
From France to North America, one has to sail toward the Caribbean and then turn north along the North American coast in a square-rigged sailing ship. It is a longer route and was called to "uphill" journey.
The return trip from Canada to France was much faster - perhaps 5-6 weeks - since you can catch prevailing west winds pushing the ship to the east just off the coast of southern Canada. There is also the gulf stream which swings toward the British Isles. This is the "downhill" trip back to Europe from North America.

It would have been healthier to stop one of the Atlantic island groups to pick up fresh water and especially citrus fruits - - but they did not know about scurvy being caused by vitamin C deficiency in the latter 1600s. Larger ships could sail two to three months without stopping for provisions, but health-wise it would have been SO much better to stop for some fresh food.

Think about how Atlantic hurricanes usually begin off the coast of West Africa and head toward the Caribbean then turn north and finally east when they reach North America.
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