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Mayflower, Day by Day - Saturday, 12 December 1620

12 Dec 2020 2:45 AM | Soule (Administrator)

At anchor in harbour 

Much discussion among colonists as to settlement, with the Master insisting on a speedy determination. Whales were playing about the ship in considerable numbers: “one, when the sun shone warm, came and lay above water as if she had been dead, for a good while together, within half a musket shot of the ship, at which two were prepared to shoot to see whether she would stir or no. He that gave fire first, his musket flew to pieces, both stock and barrel, yet, thanks be to God, neither he nor any man else was hurt with it, though many were there about. But when the whale saw her time, she gave a snuff, and away.”  Passengers fetched wood and water.

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