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On the Mayflower

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On the Mayflower
Voyage of the Ship's Apprentice and a Passenger Girl
Photographs by RUSS KENDALL

As the Mayflower sets sail, William Small, the shipís apprentice, looks back sadly as he leaves his family behind in England. He has never crossed the sea before, and truth be told, he is fair excited and a bit afraid. Still, he works hard belaying lines, learning to use a quadrant, and helping to chart the shipís course.

Soon Will meets Ellen Moore, a young passenger girl who, like himself, is traveling without her family. The two form a bond that helps them get through what becomes a grueling and harrowing journey. Halfway across the sea, the winds begin to lash fiercely and an angry storm descends. The endless pitching and rocking of the ship causes leaks and terrible seasickness. The cold, damp conditions add to the misery in the many dark days that follow. And they are blown off course when the sails are furled and the ship is left to drift in the hands of God. Who knows if they will see dry land again?

Photographed on board the Mayflower II, a reproduction of the original Mayflower, this is a dramatic and accurate portrayal of the voyage that left an indelible mark on American history.

For more information about the voyage of the Mayflower, visit www.plimoth.org.

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