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“What happened to the Mayflower One?”

“Mayflower in Plymouth Harbor,” by William Halsall, 1882 (Original hangs in Pilgrim Hall Museum, Plymouth, Massachusetts, Image via Wikipedia)

Yesterday morning, as we were planning our itinerary for the summer, I asked The Five-Year-Old if she would like to go visit the Mayflower in Plymouth, Massachusetts.

The Five-Year-Old: “What’s the Mayflower?”

Mommyo: “It’s the ship the Pilgrims took to get from England to America almost four hundred years ago.”

The Five-Year-Old: “Can we see the actual ship?”

Mommyo: “Well, no. We would visit the Mayflower II. But it’s been built to be exactly like the ship the Pilgrims took, so walking around it should still be pretty neat.”

The Five-Year-Old: “What happened to the Mayflower One?”

I didn’t know, but the iPhone did (naturally). Apparently the original Mayflower was taken to Rotherhithe, London in 1623 and turned into scrap lumber. (Didn’t these people have any sense of history?)

Bonus question from The Five-Year-Old: “Why was it called the Mayflower?”

According to Wikipedia (because of course I didn’t know), in the seventeenth century lots and lots of ships were named Mayflower in honor of the white flowers that bloom on chestnut trees in–you guessed it–May.

Related Links:

Plymouth on Dwellable

4 Responses to ““What happened to the Mayflower One?””

  1. Kate's Bookshelf

    It really is a shame they had no sense of history. Saying you want to see the Mayflower 2 just doesn’t have the same ring as saying you are going to see “THE Mayflower”.Oh well.


    • Shala Howell

      Yep. The Five-Year-Old is definitely feeling the lack of cachet, which is why I’m keeping to myself the fact that since the Mayflower was such a popular name for ships in the 1600s, in all probability the Mayflower One was more like the Mayflower 25. (Which may also help explain why no one felt particularly sentimental about recycling it for scraps.)



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