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Very cramped inside. I imagine the poor pilgrims found it quite miserable-- especially the woman who delivered a baby on the way! (He was named Oceanus...)



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Jun. 7th, 2016 12:35 pm (UTC)
The dimensions of these ships never cease to amaze me.
Jun. 7th, 2016 01:00 pm (UTC)
Because we had a cottage in Plymouth (on a nearby lake), The Mayflower (replica) is quite familiar to me. It is indeed incredibly tiny.
Jun. 7th, 2016 09:39 pm (UTC)
From the picture, looks as if rigging isn't completed. Looks as if topsail yards need to be crossed, and mizzen mast stepped. Also mizzen yard (lateen sail) crossed.
I seem to remember seeing a film made during the original crossing during the 50s, and a scene showing the ship's wheel. Original Mayflower would not have had a wheel, they didn't come into use until the early or mid 18th century. She would have had a tiller and possibly a whipstaff for leverage in moving the helm.
Jun. 18th, 2016 12:31 pm (UTC)
They certainly had to be economical with their use of space- they seem so tiny and frail its always hard to imagine how scary and dramatic life must have been every moment.

here in Bristol we have a huge contrast between the replica of John Cabot's
Matthew which has sailed, like the original,to Newfoundland and is often moored up in the basin near to the SS Great Britain of 1843, restored luxury liner.The latter is so opulent, but I have to pinch myself to think that some of 'our' boys from the Indy could have sailed in her in their retirement.It seems such a gallop in time.
I might post a pic of them shortly.( quicknote - when I can find some decent pictures of them which are freely available or can go and take some!)
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