Happy Tuesday, y’all. Get ready for a three-day Pilgrim history extravaganza, courtesy of Plymouth, Massachusetts.
First stop: The Mayflower II, a full-scale replica of the Mayflower ship that brought Pilgrims here in 1620.
This reproduction was built in Devon, England in 1955-1956 and was sailed to Plymouth in 1957, recreating the initial voyage. The ship was fully restored in 2015 in Mystic, Conn.
One hundred and two people set sail from England. One man died on the journey, but a baby was also born, so 102 people also arrived in Plymouth.
Th Mayflower obviously predates cruise ships by centuries, so the journey was incredibly difficult. Passengers all lived in the cold, damp cargo area below the crew’s quarters and were constantly seasick.
Original passengers on the ship — which measures about 25 feet wide by 106 feet long — lived on the vessel anywhere from 7 to 9 months. Two months were in transit, but passengers also continued to live on the ship while they built houses on land.
About half the people died that first winter from living in such cold and wet conditions. And let’s be honest: Even with all modern conveniences, winters in New England are not for the faint of heart.
The ship was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2020, 400 years after the original ship landed in North America.