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Mayflower, Day by Day - Friday, 11 September 1620

11 Sep 2020 2:20 AM | Soule (Administrator)

Cargo transfers

Cargo was transferred from the Speedwell to the Mayflower in Plymouth harbour, continuing for the next few days.  John A. Goodwin notes (Pilgrim Republic [Boston: Ticknor and Company, 1888] 57) that “it was fortunate for the overloaded Mayflower that she had fine weather while lying at anchor there ... for the port of Plymouth was then only a shallow, open bay, with no protection.  In southwesterly gales its waters rose into enormous waves, with such depressions between, that ships while anchored sometimes struck the bottom of the harbor and were dashed in pieces.”

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