These troubles being blown over, and now all being compact together in one ship, they put to sea again with a prosperous wind, which continued for divers days together…
- William Bradford, Of Plimoth Plantation
It takes a lot to get me out of bed before the sun rises (the promise of coffee helps), but a few days ago I had the privilege of witnessing a sight that made it worth it: Mayflower II out for a morning sail in Plymouth Harbor. She first set out under tow with the morning tide, before going under full sail in the deeper parts of the harbor (Our modern harbor has been dredged, which allows Mayflower II to come up directly to Plymouth’s State Pier, but Mourt’s Relation tells us that in 1620 Mayflower “drew so much water, that she lay a mile and almost a half off” in the harbor). While the sail was short, it did provide the valuable opportunity for a crew to undergo some sail training, and as luck would have it, the weather cooperated better than could possibly be expected for the beginning of March. The sail itself went smoothly, and when it was over Mayflower II‘s crew arrived, in the words of William Bradford, “in a good harbor, and brought safe to land…again to set their feet on the firm and stable earth.”
There isn’t a much better backdrop nature could provide than a beautiful sunrise, so enjoy some images of Mayflower II in her natural habitat – out to sea!
If you want more news about the continued restoration and upkeep of Mayflower II, be sure to check out her Captain’s Blog. And if you want to visit her in person, Plimoth Plantation – which also includes the 1627 English Village, Wampanoag Indigenous Program, and Plimoth Grist Mill – opens for its 68th season on Saturday March 15. See you there!