The Mayflower Model Ship is nothing short of adorable, having been inspired by the famous cargo ship that brought the original Pilgrim settlers to Plymouth Rock in New England. It is not only visually appealing but a historical reminder. Typically, a model ship has history; most model ships are ships worth remembering, for one reason or another: very rarely is a model ship simply made because a ship is remarkable only in appearance. And none can doubt that the Mayflower has historyin spades. If not for the one journey that placed it in the history books, it might have remained a historical obscurity. This model replicates the Mayflower to as accurate a depiction as is availableno mean feat, given that experts dont have an exact detailing of the ships dimensions. The model is hand-made from quality wood, and includes many detailed features, including historically accurate sail-rigging and lifeboats. Perhaps one of the best features of the model is that it actually arrives fully assembled; there is no hassle of figuring out how to put it together. It simply arrivesand is ready for display. So for any collectors or enthusiasts looking to pick up a model ship that has not only quality appearance but also meaningful history, pick up the Mayflower Model Ship and commemorate not only a beautiful replica of a ship, but also a piece of American historyone of the first pieces of what would eventually be United States history.
Key Features This is NOT a Model Ship Kit - Comes Fully Assembled Hand-Crafted by Skilled Artisans Built Using High-Quality Materials Features an Amazingly Detailed Deck Detailed Sails and Sail-Rigging for Historic Authenticity Includes Large Wood Base Built with Extensive Use of Appropriate Resources, Including Historical Drawings and Paintings of the Original Ship
Measurements Overall Length: 20 Inches Overall Width: 4 Inches Overall Height: 18 Inches Overall Scale: 1:66
A Brief History of the Mayflower
The Mayflower was the famous ship that transported the English Separatists, better known as the Pilgrims, from Southampton, England, to Plymouth, Massachusetts (which would become the capital of Plymouth Colony), in 1620.
The Mayflower was used primarily as a cargo ship, involved in active trade of goods (often wine) between England and other European countries, (principally France, but also Norway, Germany, and Spain). At least between 1609 and 1622, it was mastered by Christopher Jones, who would command the ship on the famous transatlantic voyage, and based in Rotherhithe, London, England. Details of the ship's dimensions are unknown; but estimates based on its load weight and the typical size of 180-ton merchant ships of its day suggest an estimated length of 90110 feet (27.433.5 m) and a width of about 25 feet (7.6 m). The ship was manned by a crew of 25-30.
The vessel left England on September 6, and after a grueling 66-day journey marked by disease, the ship dropped anchor inside the hook tip of Cape Cod (Provincetown Harbor) on November 11 (dates in Old Style, Julian Calendar; according to the New Style Gregorian Calendar, the corresponding dates are September 16 and November 21). The Mayflower originally was destined for the mouth of the Hudson River, near present-day New York City, at the northern edge of England's Virginia colony, which itself was established with the 1607 Jamestown Settlement. However, the Mayflower went off course as the winter approached, and remained in Cape Cod Bay (mapped in 1602 by Gosnold).
On March 21, 1621, all surviving passengers, who had inhabited the ship during the winter, moved ashore at Plymouth, and on April 5, the Mayflower, a privately commissioned vessel, returned to England.
After the famous voyage of the Mayflower, the ship returned to Engla