Mayflower Sail Boat Model
Inspired by the famous cargo ship that brought the original Pilgrim settlers to Plymouth Rock in New England, these adorable tall ships models rest easily upon any shelf or desk. This tall model ship adds a touch of nautical history to any room’s décor.
14 Inches Long
3 Inches Wide
12 Inches Tall
Built from scratch by master artisans
High quality woods include cherry, birch, maple and rosewood
Detailed features include:
Historically accurate flags
Detailed anchors on chains
Arrives fully assembled with all sails mounted and rigging taut
Sturdy wooden base with metal nameplate
This model ship is shipped fully assembled, you just need to stand the masts and she is ready to be displayed. This is one of the finest models available anywhere. Great Gift Item! The model ship sits perfectly on the included base, which is made of a high-quality, conditioned wood, and has a brass name plate. This model is built from scratch by experienced master craftsman and is not from any sort of kit. To create the subtle details and definitions of the deck and hull, the plank on frame method of construction is used, which requires hundreds of hours of pain-staking, detailed work. The highest quality, rare woods (including Ebony, Rosewood, Blackwood, Mahogany, Jack wood, and Sycamore) used to construct our models are subjected to specific seasoning procedures to ensure that the model will withstand severe climate and never warp or split. Ornaments and decorations on this model (which may include cannons, portholes, anchors, muskets, and other details) are sculpted of brass, chrome, and other metals. Sails are handmade of fine linen and rigging lines vary in weight, thickness and color. The detailed, hand-stitched sails of the model ship are constructed of fine linen. The detailed riggings and lining are painstakingly fastened by hand and also made of linen. Extensive research is required to build each model according to scale, using various pictures, original plans, drawings, and digital imaging. Each model ship is examined during various stages of manufacturing and shipping to ensure the highest quality and accuracy possible for your investment.
The Pilgrims were a group of English people who came to America seeking religious freedom during the reign of King James I. After two attempts to leave England and move to Holland, a Separatist group was finally relocated to Amsterdam where they stayed for about one year. From there the group moved to the town of Leiden, Holland, where they remained for about ten years, able to worship as they wished under lenient Dutch law. Fearing their children were losing their English heritage and religious beliefs, a small group from the Leiden churches made plans to settle in Northern Virginia - as New England was known at the time. In August 1620 the group sailed for Southampton, England, where other English colonists who hoped to make a new life in America met them.
They planned to make the crossing to America in two ships, the Speedwell and Mayflower. However, after many problems the Speedwell was forced to return to England where the group was reorganized. In their second attempt to cross the Atlantic, they boarded the Mayflower in September, 1620 bound for the New World. They arrived as winter was settling in and endured significant hardships as they struggled to establish a successful colony at Plymouth. In time their colony flourished and lead the way to establishing religious freedom and creating the foundations of the democracy Americans enjoy today. Their celebration of the first Thanksgiving has grown to become a festive national holiday.
The Mayflower left Plymouth, England on September 6, 1620, and anchored off the tip of Cape Cod on November 11. During those two months crossing the Atlantic Ocean to America, many things happened on the Mayflower.
The first half of the voyage was actually fairly smooth. The wind and weather were good for sailing, and they made good progress. Aside from sea-sickness, the health of the passengers was generally very good. Of the 102 passengers onboard the ship, three of them were pregnant women. One of the women, Mrs. Elizabeth Hopkins, gave birth during the voyage. Stephen and Elizabeth Hopkins named their newborn son Oceanus. The other two women would give birth shortly after arrival.
After they had sailed more than half way to America, the Mayflower began to encounter a number of bad storms, which began to make the ship very leaky, causing many of the passengers below deck to be continually cold and damp. During one of the storms, a main beam in the middle of the ship cracked, causing some of the passengers and crew to wonder if the ship was strong enough to make all the way to America. Master Christopher Jones felt his ship was strong, and so they fixed the main beam with a large screw, caulked the leaky decks as best they could, and continued on.
During another storm, a twenty-five year old man named John Howland came up on deck, but the ship suddenly rolled and he lost his balance and fell into the cold Atlantic ocean. Fortunately, he managed to grab hold of a rope that was hanging down from one of the topsails, and held on as he sunk several feet below the surface of the water. The Mayflower's crew hauled him back up to the surface with the rope, and then grabbed him with a boathook.
Wet and cold and cramped in their small quarters, some of the passengers began to develop coughs and colds. As the Mayflower finally began to approach America, one of the passengers, a young boy named William Butten, a servant to the passengers' doctor Samuel Fuller, died. William Butten died on November 6, just three days before land was sighted.