16 September – On this day

The Pilgrims finally sailed successfully on this day in 1620, from Plymouth.

The initial plan was for two ships to make the voyage to the new world. Speedwell, a small ship, was to bring some passengers from the Netherlands to England, then go on to America where it would be kept for the fishing business. A second, larger, ship, Mayflower, was leased for transport and exploration services. It was however decided that Speedwell was untrustworthy, and it was sold; the ship’s master and some of the crew transferred to the Mayflower for the trip.

Of the 121 combined passengers, 102 were chosen to travel on the Mayflower with the supplies consolidated.