The Mayflower and Her Log; July 15, 1620-May 6, 1621 — Volume 3

The Mayflower and Her Log; July 15, 1620-May 6, 1621 — Volume 3 Summary

This is is history book. The officers and crew of the MAY-FLOWER were obviously important factors in the success of the Pilgrim undertaking, and it is of interest to know what we may concerning them. We have seen that the 'pilot, ' John Clarke, was employed by Weston and Cushman, even before the vessel upon which he was to serve had been found, and he had hence the distinction of being the first man 'shipped' of the MAY-FLOWER'S complement. It is evident that he was promptly hired on its being known that he had recently returned from a voyage to Virginia in the cattle-ship FALCON, as certain to be of value in the colonists' undertakings. Knowing that the Adventurers' agents were seeking both a ship and a master for her, it was the natural thing for the latter, that he should propose the Captain under whom he had last sailed, on much the same voyage as that now contemplated. It is an interesting fact that something of the uncertainty which for a time existed as to the names and features of the Pilgrim barks attaches the names and identity of their respective commanders. The 'given' name of 'Master' Reynolds, 'pilott' and 'Master' of the SPEED WELL, does not appear, but the assertion of Professor Arber, though positive enough, that 'the Christian name of the Captain of the MAY-FLOWER, is not accepted by other authorities in Pilgrim history, though it is true that it does not find mention in the contemporaneous accounts of the Pilgrim ship and her voyage.

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