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Mayflower (1615); Passenger/cargo vessel; Exploration/research vessel
|Description||Scale: 1:48. A waterline model of the ‘Mayflower’ (circa 1615), a cargo and sailing vessel. The model is decked, equipped and rigged with sails set. Very little is known about the ‘Mayflower’s’ original appearance but the approximate dimensions were a length of 90 feet by 26 feet in the beam and 180 tons burden. It was a typical merchantman of the early Stuart period being three-masted, square-rigged on the fore and main masts, with a triangular lateen on the mizzen and a square spritsail rigged from under the bowsprit. The ‘Pilgrim Fathers’ embarked from Southampton in 1620, but had to return back to Plymouth when the vessel they were in company with, the ‘Speedwell’ was found to be unseaworthy. Finally on 6 September 1620, the ‘Mayflower’ sailed alone with around 100 passengers on board and finally reached Provincetown Harbour on 11 November. Under the leadership of William Bradford, a small party was sent ahead to find a suitable location for a permanent settlement. They later landed at what is now Plymouth, Massachusetts on 21 December and these religious reformers founded the New England Colonies.|
|Credit||National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London. Reproduced with kind permission of the artist's son and grandsons.|
|Materials||wood; cotton; linen; brass; metal; perspex; paint,|
|Measurements||Overall model and base: 578 x 840 x 283 mm|
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