A Modern Matthew

It is a conduit to our past, connecting us to the first European discovery of the New World that found a reason to return, sparking settlement in North America.

The Bonavista Matthew is a full-scale replica of Caboto’s 1497 vessel, a 15th-century Caravel. It was built in 1997-98 by a team of seven shipwrights and four carpenters from the local area, under the direction of a Master Builder. Its construction marked the 500th Anniversary of Giovanni Caboto’s voyage celebrated in 1997. Today, the vessel serves as a lasting reminder of the voyage and discovery that changed the course of history. It is a conduit to our past, connecting us to the first European discovery of the New World that found a reason to return, sparking settlement in North America.

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Support the Matthew

The Matthew is an extremely important part of special events and programs planned for each tourist season. Some $24 million in tourism dollars is generated for the province on the Bonavista Peninsula and it is essential that The Matthew remain part of that economic equation.

Most importantly is it part of our shared history. Your sponsorship of The Matthew’s repair, restoration and upkeep will ensure that she has a place in the future as well. Through a series of commemorative plaques, we are recognizing donors on site who have contributed to this important cause. Plaque size and placement will depend on the size of your gift.

Sustaining Platinum Sponsor

$5, 000

Annual Contribution for 5 + years

Bronze Sponsor

$501 to  $1,000

One Time Contribution

Gold Sponsor

$2,501 to $5,000

One Time Contribution

Friend of The Matthew

up to $500

One Time Contribution

Silver Sponsor

$1,001  to  $2,500

One Time Contribution