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Mayflower, Day by Day - Wednesday, 1 September 1621

1 Sep 2021 3:31 AM | Soule (Administrator)

Continuing construction and planting.

Lying at anchor, Dartmouth Harbour [Tuesday, 1 September 1620]

Both ships lying at anchor in Dartmouth Harbour, both ready for sea.  Bradford says: “Some leaks were found and mended and now it was conceived by the workmen and all, that [the Speedwell] was sufficient, and they might proceed without either fear or danger.”  Bradford indicated that they must have left Dartmouth “about the 21st” [o.s.] of August (or 31 August n.s.).  Captain John Smith gives that date, though somewhat confusedly.  Arber (The Story of the Pilgrim Fathers, 343) says: “They actually left on 23 August.” Goodwin (Pilgrim Republic, 55) says: “Ten days were spent in discharging and re-stowing the Speedwell and repairing her from stem to stern,” which would indicate that they left on 23 August/2 September.

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