Mayflower II

How  could we go to Plimoth Plantation and not go to the Mayflower II!  We could not, so off we went to see how these pilgrims traveled so far.

Investor's Agreement

The Mayflower Compact. Is that Myles Standish’s signature?

There is so much to see in this beautiful northeastern part of our United States ofAmerica.  It was an educational journey to be transported back in time via the Mayflower II.   The ship  is a reproduction of the original ship using similar materials and tools.

Mayflower II

Mayflower II

There were tour guides in period clothing telling the stories of the trip as if they had taken the sail themselves.   They spoke of long delays, crooked business deals and initial strife amongst the passengers.

Cannons aboard

Cannons aboard

Others gave technical information on the workings of the ship and the crews’ responsibilities. look at the pic below at the center top.  You can see stones that line the bottom of the ship for ballast to keep the ship upright.

Not much space

Not much space

Supplies are roped upvia a pully mechanism

Supplies are roped up via a pully-basket  mechanism

The  character guides dressed in time period clothing and spoke with language accents.  One could ask them a question and they would answer in character.  They were all very good and well-informed.  I had a lot of fun learning what it might have been like to be a passenger on the Mayflower, but it would not have been a  fun trip!  It would have been dark, stinky and very close quarters. There were no powder rooms down the hall.  The passengers were  squeezed into the hull of the ship with little sunshine or fresh air. This ship is a reproduction of the original Mayflower using original type tools and supplies as much as possible.

The sailors and the passengers were an interesting lot. The adventuresome spirit must have been passed down through the blood lines. It was a hoot!

I wonder if fulltime RVing might be considered adventuresome to them?  I am not sure that I could have taken the leap and come to a far and distant land as they did.

Phil inspecting the rigging

Phil inspecting the rigging

A busy harbor

A busy harbor

Tour and ferry rides abound

Tour and ferry rides abound

Plymouth Harbor Homes decked out for Independance Day

Plymouth Harbor Homes decked out for independence Day

 

2 thoughts on “Mayflower II

  1. enjoyed seeing the names of those on the Mayflower, no other photos of Mayflower posted or notes. I have a CD of the Mayflower crossing not sure where I got it perhaps from Vernon? I watched it recently and the conditions were horrific it is a wonder anyone survived the crossing. love the history of this part of your trip.

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