Kept the Sabbath.
Mayflower at Southampton [Saturday, 1 August 1621]
Mayflower lying off the West Quay, Southampton.
Leiden Pilgrims en route to Delfshaven [Saturday, 1 August 1620]
Passing out of the gates of Delft and leaving the town behind, the Leiden Pilgrims still had a good ten miles of canal journey before them before they reached their ship and came to the final parting, at Delfshaven, their point of embarkation in the Speedwell. Below Delft the canal, which from Leiden is the Vliet, then becomes the Schie, and at the village of Overschie the travellers entered the Delfshaven Canal, which between perfectly straight dykes flows at a considerable height above the surrounding pastures. Then finally passing through one set of sluice gates after another, the Pilgrims were lifted from the canal into a broad receptacle for vessels, then into the outer haven, and so to the side of the Speedwell as it lay at the quay awaiting their arrival. “When they came to the place” [Delfshaven], says Bradford, “they found the ship and all things ready; and such of their friends as could not come with them [from Leiden] followed after them; and sundry also came from Amsterdam (about fifty miles) to see them shipped, and to take their leave of them.”
The Pilgrim company took their farewells, and Winslow records: “We only going aboard, the ship lying to the key [quay] and ready to sail; the wind being fair, we gave them [their friends] a volley of small shot [musketry] and three pieces of ordnance and so lifting up our hands to each other and our hearts for each other to the Lord our God, we departed.”
Goodwin says of the parting: “The hull was wrapped in smoke, through which was seen at the stern the white flag of England doubly bisected by the great red cross of St. George, a token that the emigrants had at last resumed their dearly-loved nationality. Far above them at the main was seen the Union Jack of new device.”