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Mayflower, Day by Day - Tuesday, 17 November 1620

17 Nov 2020 3:18 AM | Soule (Administrator)

Birds sighted

The body of William Butten was committed to the deep.  This was the first burial at sea of a passenger on this voyage; a crew member (the name of the first casualty is unknown) was buried at sea on 2 October, over a month ago.

Sailors often see seagulls flying more than a hundred miles from the nearest shore, so the fact that birds were sighted today, while very encouraging, does not necessarily mean that the voyage is almost over.

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