Take a Virtual Tour of the Mayflower – FamilySearch September 14, 2020

I saw this on FamilySearch today – Take a Virtual Tour of the Mayflower: https://www.familysearch.org/blog/en/virtual-tour-mayflower-ship/. There is a slideshow in the link.

September 14, 2020  – by  Jessica Grimaud

A critical delay, cramped quarters, stormy seas, and an arrival 500 miles off course—such were the twists and turns that defined the Mayflower ship’s voyage to America in 1620.  

Despite its less-than-perfect journey, the Mayflower is historically significant in part because of the voyage’s unexpected setbacks. The passengers’ response and resiliency to each obstacle left an indelible mark on American history.

Virtually explore the interior of the Mayflower and learn more about the fateful voyage.

Explore the Mayflower

The Mayflower was built shortly before its purchase in 1608. Experts estimate that the length of the deck was between 80 and 90 feet and that the ship was 24 feet at its widest point.


Mayflower Voyage

It’s hard to imagine the pilgrims aboard any other ship but the Mayflower. However, the pilgrims and other Mayflower passengers originally planned to sail to America on the Speedwell. The plan was for the Mayflower—a merchant ship—to accompany the Speedwell and carrying cargo, crew, and passengers who had been recruited in England but who were not part of the Separatist congregation.


The two ships departed on August 5, 1620, but almost immediately the Speedwell began to leak. Both ships rerouted to Dartmouth, where the Speedwell was repaired. On its second attempt, the Speedwell made it 300 miles out to sea before taking on water. Both ships returned to Plymouth, England, where the Speedwell was deemed unseaworthy.



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8 Responses to Take a Virtual Tour of the Mayflower – FamilySearch September 14, 2020

  1. allenrizzi says:

    My mother’s family came to America aboard the Mary and John (1630).

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    • I wasn’t familiar with that ship so I checked it out.

      With my last name, hard to say when my ancestors on Dad’s side arrived here. It didn’t help they generally named a male child after the father. So far, the earliest trace on that line has been early 1830s. I haven’t tried some of the less common surnames yet as they may be easier to trace.

      On Mom’s patrilineal side, her ancestors arrived in the mid 1750s and settled in southern Pennsylvania. A lot easier to trace them as the surname wasn’t that common.

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  2. SLIMJIM says:

    Nice good stuff! Timely!

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