its construction in all details; it was built from the lines and rigged from the sail plan of a ship contemporaneous with the Mayflower, and, it may fairly be assumed, represents 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, when a vessel with that name carried some of the knights who fought in Agincourt across 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 in 1588, fighting alongside of Drake's Revenge and Hawkins' Victory. In the fight off Gravelines.
when the Armada made a last desperate attempt to save itself from utter rout, the Mayflower's part was a prominent one.
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