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.
Their overwhelming Faith and beliefs in what they were to accomplish are hard for us to imagine today. You know what it’s like to pack for a trip of a few days or a week or two and you know where you are going and what it’s going to be like when you get there. Honey, do we have everything?? Just think they were moving permanently to an unknown new world for their future.
Estimates by experts the length of the deck between 80 and 90 feet and 24 feet at its widest point. All 102 passengers lived in a cramped 58’ X 24’ space. Although they had little privacy in that cramped space there was more than enough room for their FAITH in God. And journey on they did.
Today, there are an estimated 35 million descendants of the 53 passengers that survived the first winter. Maybe you are one of them.
You can search on AmericanAncestors.org (New England Historic Genealogical Society) or the “Mayflower Society” General Society of Mayflower Descendants.