Mayflower under full sail
The Mayflower comes in with wind ENE. Light gale continues. Made all sail on ship. Unhappily the early chroniclers familiar with the Mayflower have left us neither a representation nor even a general description of the ship, and little data from which to reconstruct her outlines and details. Tradition chiefly places her in one of the few classes into which the merchant craft of her day were divided, her tonnage and service being almost the only other authentic indices to this class. Bradford states little more than that a vessel, which could have been no other, “was hired at London, being of burden about 9 score [tons].” It is extraordinary that all writers keep silence even as to the ship’s name; no specific description exists from Smith, Bradford, Winslow, Mourt’s Relation, and the other contemporaneous or early writers of Pilgrim history.