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Mayflower, Day by Day - Friday, 18 September 1620

18 Sep 2020 2:42 AM | Soule (Administrator)

Mayflower under full sail

No one can state with authority the Mayflower’s exact rig, model, or dimensions; but there can be no question, from even the meagre data and the prints we possess, that all these were very standardised.   Her hundred and eighty tons register indicates in general her size, and to some extent her probable model and rig.  In that era, the ships of each class closely corresponded to each other.  Like all vessels having high stems and sterns, she was unquestionably “a wet ship” — upon this voyage especially so, as Bradford shows, from being overloaded, and hence lower than usual in the water.  Bradford says, quoting the master of the Mayflower and others: “As for the decks and upper works they would caulk them as well as they could, … though with the working of the ship, they would not long keep staunch.” She was probably not an old craft, as her captain and others declared they “knew her to be strong and firm under water;” and the weakness of her upper works was doubtless due to the strain of her overload, in the heavy weather of the autumn gales. Bradford says: “They met with many contrary winds and fierce storms with which their ship was shrewdly shaken and her upper works made very leaky.”

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