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Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 30., A New ship, a New colony, and a New church. (search)
the spirit of service that led him into the work called others thither also. It was a none too popular calling. As we think of it, remember the colonists were free people of colour, going back to African soil to establish homes, a colony, eventually a nation, on this earth. Remember how Lydia Maria Francis' appeal for those Americans called Africans ostracized her here around Boston. Remember the scenes about the court house and down State street. Compare, if you will, the Mayflower of 1620 and its pilgrim colony, and try and picture the crew of the Vine with those white men, Sessions, Holton, and printer Force, with thirty-six dusky colonists, of whom was the regularly organized church, with the generous Boston outfit stowed beneath the one deck of the new and seaworthy brig Vine. Think of their thirty-four-day voyage across the Atlantic, which a year and a century later was to be crossed by air line in thirty-four hours. You may find some similarities, and yet something more,
Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 30., The Mayflower of the Pilgrims. (search)
e Society's former Secretary, Eliza M. Gill. The ship in which the Pilgrims, who settled at Plymouth, Massachusetts, in 1620, made the passage from Europe to America. Rigged model: Scale 1/2 inch to 1 foot. England, 1620. A wooden, carvel b1620. A wooden, carvel built, keel vessel, with full bluff bow, strongly raking below water line; raking curved stem; large open head; long, round, (nearly log shaped) bottom; tumble — in top side; short run; very large and high square stern; quarter galleries; high forecasents such a ship as brought the Pilgrims from Plymouth, England, to the New England coasts. The Pilgrims' Mayflower, of 1620, was at one time an English warship. The name is one of the oldest ship names in the English navy, going back to 1415, whs the channel. Her successor—the Mayflower of 1447—was the flagship of Richard, Duke of Gloucester. But the Mayflower of 1620 was an old Armada veteran long before she came across the Atlantic, and took a prominent part in that historic sea-fight i<