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Did you know there was a second Mayflower?

August 31, 2010

I didn’t, but recently learned this upon visiting Plymouth, Massachusetts with my parents. The replica of the original Mayflower sits at Plymouth’s State Pier.

Part of the Mayflower II

The original Mayflower transported the Pilgrims from England to Massachusetts in 1620. It returned to England and was likely dismantled for scrap lumber in 1623.

The replica ship was constructed in England in 1955, and sailed to the United States in 1957. The purpose of its construction and voyage was to symbolize Anglo-American friendship/the countries’ collaboration during World War II.

Here are some more pictures I took of the ship:

The Pilgrims ate such foods as beef, fish, oatmeal and biscuits on the Mayflower. They also drank beer and wine.

A whole family would share a space like this.

A window for fresh air

I learned that the Pilgrims left England a lot later in the year than they had intended, and due to harsh weather arrived a lot farther north than they had intended (they arrived at Provincetown Harbor instead of the Hudson River). They moved down the coast, exploring the Cape Cod area. Ultimately, after an altercation with Native Americans, they relocated to Plymouth.

On the Mayflower there were about 100 passengers plus crew. About half of the passenger died, from such diseases as scurvy.

Here’s a picture I took of State Pier last Tuesday. It wasn’t the nicest day:

My mom wondered how people get to their boats. Do they walk/swim, she wondered. I didn’t know how to answer this question.