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Thursday, November 21, 2013

Sixty-six Days at Sea


This Day in History: November 21, 1620

Are We There Yet? Can you imagine how many times this question may have been asked aboard the Mayflower? OR, was the thought of such questioning ever even considered? One must keep in mind that strict adherence to stringent rules governed the day, especially when it came to one's father. 

Travels today, whether work related or vacations, would not take any where near 66 days to reach the designated destination and how many times has this phrase been repeated over and over and over again?


Sixty-six Days at Sea

One of the most memorable journeys in America’s history is the Mayflower’s voyage 
from England to America. She sailed over three thousand miles 
across stormy Atlantic waters averaging a speed of two knots.

A cargo ship by design
The Mayflower did boast
It left the shores of England
Toward America’s coast

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Its cargo was not trade goods
Nor was it silver or gold
Instead over one hundred souls
Filled its galley and hold

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Crowded and uncomfortable
Making the perilous ocean voyage
Sea sickness, disease, and scurvy
Bore roles in a story of courage

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Stop and imagine
Giving first birth at sea
No anesthetics
Only pure misery

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Nature touted her anger
Storms raged, the sea roared
One fear never ceased
Plight of falling overboard

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On its return back to England
Nary a soul returned to thee
The Pilgrims were firmly rooted
After sixty-six days at sea
  
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