Although little is known about the original shallop used by Smith to explore the Chesapeake Bay, this shallop was designed based on historical records of other expeditions of that era. Two water-tight compartments were likely made in England and transported on a Mother ship. Upon arriving in the Americas, the 2 parts were hoisted out of the ship's hold and re-joined. Thus, on November 5, 2005, only 1/2 of the Captain John Smith Shallop replica was launched into the Chester River. The 2 sections have been rejoined and are on a regional tour for 2006.