HomeHistory1620 Mayflower sets sail

1620 Mayflower sets sail

The Mayflower voyage was a plan for two groups that were escaping religious persecution in their homeland. The separatists were living in Holland while their counterparts were from the UK. The two groups were to meet at Southampton to discuss their journey in the port on the South Coast of England.

The groups arrived in Southampton in two ships: the Mayflower and the Speedwell. The Mayflower ship had the crew as well as some additional passengers known as the strangers who joined the expedition to try a new life in America.

Shopping at Southampton

The crew intended to spend a few days in Southampton to prepare for the long voyage to America. Fortunately, being a thriving seaport, Southampton had the essential items for the crew. Additionally, they were able to repair the Speedwell at the Southampton extensive shipbuilding facility.

The team met other seamen, who gave them insight into the journey. The seamen also helped by creating essential trading links with Virginia, the crew’s final destination.

The Challenges on Board

The Challenges on Board

On August 15, 1620, Mayflower and Speedwell began their journey to Virginia. However, it did not take long before the Speedwell started to leak, soon needing urgent repair. The Speedwell was repaired in Bayard’s Cove harbor, in Dartmouth and the two ships began sailing to the North Atlantic.

Unfortunately, the Speedwell started leaking again after sailing 300 miles off land. This time, crew members decided not to risk sailing with Speedwell. Understandably, the crew was frustrated with their forced return to Plymouth. Some of the passengers felt that the journey was a wasteful adventure. Sailing for six weeks was expensive, and failing to reach their destination was disappointing.

The Stop at Plymouth

After a few days in Plymouth, some passengers from the Speedwell headed back to Holland while others remained at Plymouth. The Mayflower began sailing to America with 30 crew members and 102 passengers.

The additional people could probably be from the Speedwell. Notably, the crew left what is now known as the Mayflower Steps on the city’s historic Barbican.

On September 16, 1620, Mayflower was seen on English soil before heading to America.

Frank James
I love the outdoors and enjoy delving into history topics! Go Broncos!
RELATED ARTICLES

1982 US President Reagan proclaims a war on drugs

On October 14, 1982, U.S. President Ronald Reagan resolved to put an end to rampant drug abuse. He deemed the use of illicit drugs...

1975 “Saturday Night Live” created by Lorne Michaels premieres on NBC with George Carlin as host

Saturday Night Live is one of those rare shows that have managed to become a fixture of American pop culture. However, everything has to...

2004: Kenyan Wangari Maathai is the first African woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize for “her contribution to sustainable development, democracy and peace”

Wangari Maathai was born on April 1, 1940 in Nyeri, Kenya. She is renowned for becoming the first female scholar from central and East...

3 COMMENTS

  1. You can not replace history this is our lifeblood that allows the success of our actions and the making of our great race for civilization to obtain the future of modernization! Long live the family ofEarth humans and enjoy the journey into our future… with pride and ownership we will become the race that travels beyond our Earth all hail the Mayflower.. gjmars@yahoo.com

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Most Popular

1982 US President Reagan proclaims a war on drugs

On October 14, 1982, U.S. President Ronald Reagan resolved to put an end to rampant drug abuse. He deemed the use of illicit drugs...

1975 “Saturday Night Live” created by Lorne Michaels premieres on NBC with George Carlin as host

Saturday Night Live is one of those rare shows that have managed to become a fixture of American pop culture. However, everything has to...

2004: Kenyan Wangari Maathai is the first African woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize for “her contribution to sustainable development, democracy and peace”

Wangari Maathai was born on April 1, 1940 in Nyeri, Kenya. She is renowned for becoming the first female scholar from central and East...

1947 Harry Truman makes the 1st Presidential televised address

The live presidential address was prompted by a report from Truman's Cabinet Committee that warned of an impending famine disaster in Europe. During the...

Recent Comments

Linda Parker-Fedak on 1916 1st “Piggly Wiggly” opens
Susan Rutkowski on 1856 Louis Sullivan Born
Barbara Keene on 1847 Jesse James Born
Rita oates on 1960 Sean Penn, born
par nastasiak on 1620 Mayflower sets sail
Patty Valdez on 1945 V-J Day, end WWII
Dave Johnston on 1945 V-J Day, end WWII
Janice Loraine Tomlin on 1967 “Bonnie and Clyde” released
🙏MOM❤️ FATHERDaDie’ on 1967 “Bonnie and Clyde” released
Rehan Walgama on 1990 Operation Desert Shield
Tom Saldana on Machu Picchu Discovered
John Scott on Machu Picchu Discovered