After leaving Cape Lookout, North Carolina, we ran for three nights to Massachusetts and stopped overnight at Plymouth so that we could enter Boston Harbor the following morning. As with Cape Lookout, we chose Plymouth mainly because it was a convenient and easy place to anchor without taking us too far off our route. But also like Cape Lookout, this was an excellent stop in the city where the Pilgrims settled in the New World in 1620.
Highlights from June 16th follow. Click any image for a larger view, or click the position to view the location on a map. And a live map of our current route and most recent log entries always is available at http://mvdirona.com/maps
The Duxbury Pier lighthouse, built in 1871, stands 47 feet high and has three levels used as living quarters and a watchroom. One hundred tons of stone were placed around the base to protect the light. This seems to have been effective, as the light survived a battering from 30ft waves during a 1944 hurricane. The lighthouse was automated in 1964 and no longer has resident keepers.
The Mayflower II, a working replica of the Mayflower that carried the first group of English Separatists, now known as Pilgrims, from Plymouth, England to the New World. The Mayflower II web site indicated that the ship was in dry dock for restoration, so we were excited to see it here.
It was late in the day, so we went straight to the Mayflower II in hopes of a tour. This is an actor playing Captain Jones, one of several actors on board playing characters from the voyage. He was extremely knowledgeable about the ship and did an excellent job of explaining the workings of the ship, the voyage to the New World and its dangers.
The Mayflower was only 80-90 feet long on deck and 90-100 feet long overall. Below this main deck the 102 Pilgrims lived in incredibly cramped conditions for ten weeks during a stormy Atlantic crossing. They first anchored in what today is Provincetown Harbor, but decided to settle in what is now Plymouth. Only two died on the voyage across the Atlantic, but nearly half didn’t make it through the first winter.
If you’ve never lived anywhere where you’ve had to shovel snow over your head, you might wonder what these poles protruding from the fire hydrants are for. They mark a hydrant’s location under several feet of snow so the snow plow drivers don’t hit them and the fire department can find them.
A fabulous sunset for our first night in Massachusetts.
Click the travel log icon on the left to see these locations on a map, with the complete log of our cruise.
On the map page, clicking on a camera or text icon will display a picture and/or log entry for that location, and clicking on the smaller icons along the route will display latitude, longitude and other navigation data for that location. And a live map of our current route and most recent log entries always is available at http://mvdirona.com/maps.