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1955 — Mayflower Memorial Plaque, Bayard's Cove, Dartmouth, Devonshire, England
Twenty-five miles east of Plymouth, Devonshire, where the Pilgrims made their first unscheduled stay having been forced back after eight days at sea due to the Speedwell developing serious leaks, a plaque was mounted atop a stone reading: TO COMMEMORATE / THE SAILING OF THE PILGRIM FATHERS / FROM THIS PORT IN THE MAYFLOWER & / SPEEDWELL ON THE 20TH AUGUST 1620. / DOROTHY HOLWILL, MAYOR, / 1955
1957 — Mayflower Memorial Plaque, Bayard's Cove, Dartmouth, Devonshire, England
Mayflower Society Governor General Waldo Morgan Allen, accompanied by the Worshipful Mayor, Alderman Bertie Lavers, and the U.S. Embassy Counselor Brewster H. Morris, dedicated a plaque attached to the stone bearing the 1955 plaque (q.v.). It reads: UNVEILED 27TH APRIL 1957 / DARTMOUTH, DEVON, ENGLAND / HERE, OFF BAYARD’S COVE, THE MAYFLOWER (180 TONS) WITH LONDON COLONISTS, / AND THE SPEEDWELL (60 TONS) WITH LEYDEN PILGRIMS --- SOME 122 IN ALL --- / LAY AT ANCHOR FROM AUGUST 23 (NEW STYLE) TO ABOUT AUGUST 31, 1620. / THESE SHIPS HAD SAILED FROM SOUTHAMPTON ON AUGUST 15. THEY PUT IN AT DARTMOUTH / TO REPAIR THE LEAKING SPEEDWELL. THEY SAILED FROM DARTMOUTH TO AMERICA. /
WHEN ABOUT 300 MILES W.S.W. OF LAND’S END, THE UNSEAWORTHINESS OF THE / SPEEDWELL MADE IT NECESSARY TO PUT BACK TO PLYMOUTH, DEVON, ON SEP- / TEMBER 7. THE SPEEDWELL WAS ABANDONED, AND ON SEPTEMBER 16 THE MAYFLOWER / ALONE SET SAIL AGAIN FOR AMERICA, WITH 102 PASSENGERS. THEIR SPIRITUAL / LEADER WAS ELDER WILLIAM BREWSTER. THE MAYFLOWER CAST ANCHOR IN CAPE / COD HARBOR, NEW ENGLAND, ON NOVEMBER 21, 1620, OFF WHAT IS NOW PROVINCE- / TOWN, ARRIVING AT PLYMOUTH ON DECEMBER 26.
ON NOVEMBER 21 THE MAYFLOWER COMPACT, A CHARTER OF SELF-GOVERNMENT / - - “THE FIRST AMERICAN CONSTITUTION” - - WAS MADE LAW BY 41 SIGNATORIES. THUS / DARTMOUTH TOOK PART IN ESTABLISHING CIVIL AND RELIGIOUS LIBERTY / IN THE NEW WORLD.
THE GENERAL SOCIETY OF MAYFLOWER DESCENDANTS (U.S.A. 1897) / WALDO MORGAN ALLEN, GOVERNOR GENERAL / ON THEIR FIRST PILGRIMAGE - 152 BY PLANES – TO THE NETHERLANDS AND ENGLAND. / SEPTEMBER 22 - OCTOBER 6, 1955. DARTMOUTH, OCTOBER 2. / 335 YEARS AFTER THE SAILING OF THE MAYFLOWER.