In 1620, the Pilgrim Fathers left from
Harbour aboard Mayflower bound for . It hadn’t been planned
that way. They had originally left America
in two boats but when Speedwell started
sinking they had to be diverted and an inspection found her unfit to go on. Such
is the nature of boats, especially wooden ones. So it was just a twist of fate
that made Holland Plymouth the final departure point for
the group to head for the New World.
After a rough journey across the notorious Atlantic they arrived in what is now
The Mayflower steps are a very popular tourist stop in the old Barbican area of
and many plaques around the spot describe and commemorate the departure. On the
wall of a nearby shop is a sign listing the names of all the passengers and
crew of Mayflower. Plymouth
This year a Thanksgiving service is being held by the Mayflower steps and plans are underway to mark the 200th anniversary in 6 years time with some sort of joint commemoration between the two Plymouths.
Happy Thanksgiving America and to all Americans, wherever you are.