September 8, 2008

The Mayflower

I'm a descendant of a great, great ... grandfather that sailed to America on the Mayflower. They finally, after lots of problems, set sail in 1620, on September 6, arriving in what was to become Massachusetts, 2 months and 5 days later! (Gregorian calendar would change that to Sept 16 and November 21.)

Use your imagination (I have Bradford's journal) landing in a totally new world at the start of winter?!! I don't like to imagine. It had to be awful!

101 passengers on a ship ninety feet long and twenty-six feet wide. Eating only dried fish, cheese, and beer. And only a single slop bucket for sanitary accommodation. No bathing ... and think of the stench of nausea - when only standing on terra firma abates that (I know!). Only one passenger died at sea.

The Mayflower didn't sail home until April and the passengers used it for their winter quarters. Only 53 people survived the winter.
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