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First voyage of the Mayflower

Posted in Anniversary, History, Religion on Monday, 26 July 2010

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The Pilgrim Fathers aboard the Mayflower leave Plymouth for America. Illustration by Ron Embleton

5 August marks the anniversary of the launch of the Mayflower and Speedwell on their first attempt to sail to America in 1620. The two ships were meant to transport English Separatists fleeing the volatile political situation in England to the virtually unsettled new lands, where they became known as the Pilgrim Fathers.

The Speedwell developed a leak and the first attempt ended when it returned to Dartmouth to be refitted. A second attempt reached the Atlantic, but once again the Speedwell had to return due to a leak. The Mayflower had to sail alone, eventually settling in what became known as  Plymouth, Massachusetts.

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