Mayflower Travel Trivia

Departure ColorizedThe Mayflower , and crew members that survived the winter of 1620 through 1621, sailed away from Plymouth Colony to return to England on April 5, 1621. It was a smoother and shorter trip than the historic September 6, 1620, journey from England to the New World. The fall voyage had been delayed for months, causing the wooden cargo ship to sail during the stormy season over the Atlantic Ocean. 

Two ships were hired to make the trip to America and the plan was to leave in late summer. Mayflower was intended to only carry investors to the New World. The Speedwell arrived with its passengers, the pilgrim Separatists and the two ships sailed together for America on August 15, but threatening leaks caused two delays. Many of the Speedwell passengers made the decision to join the strangers aboard the Mayflower, causing another delay. After packing themselves and their belongings onto the already packed ship, they finally left on September 6, 1620 and arrived at Cape Cod on November 11, 1620. Not only did the 102 passengers of men, women and children travel over the dangerous ocean for 66 days, many had lived aboard the ship since August. Even as the men built homes in Plymouth, most pilgrim colonists continued to live aboard the Mayflower, anchored about a mile from the shore of Plymouth Colony. The several months spent on the ship, gave the children lots of time to share riddles, sing psalms of worship or work on their writing skills using their hornbooks. Hornbooks helped the children learn to read and write.

 Mayflower Travel Trivia

The Mayflower travelled across the Atlantic at an average speed of 2 miles an hour (about the speed of walking)! The distance for the 1620 voyage from South Hampton, England to Cape Cod was 2,750 miles and took 66 days. The distance from Los Angeles, California to Plymouth,   Massachusetts is 3,015 miles.    

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