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Plymouth 400

There was very special guest aboard the TS Kennedy during January and February 2020!  To celebrate the 400th anniversary of the voyage of the Mayflower, we added a historical twist to Sea Term 2020.  Cruising with Little Buc, Big Buc, and the cadets was Pilgrim doll, Giles Hopkins.  Giles searched for similarities between the Mayflower's voyage in 1620 and the voyage of the TS Kennedy in 2020.  He even managed to track down cadets who were descendants of Mayflower passengers.  Due to requests by students and teachers, we have left Giles Hopkin’s posts for you to enjoy.

  Giles Hopkins:  Good morning, Captain Campbell!  I have noticed cadets wearing a variety of different shoes throughout their day on the TS Kennedy.  That made me think of William Mullins, a Mayflower passenger.  His will stated that he had,  “XXI dozen of shoes, and thirteene paire of bootes w[hi]ch I give into the Companies hands for forty pounds at seaven years and if they like them at that rate”   I brought along a copy of his will.  Can you figure out how many pairs of shoes he brought?  Captain Campbell:  That’s a lot of footwear!   I will leave it up to our followers to figure out the exact amount.  Storage space is limited on the TS Kennedy.  Each of our cadets are…
  Giles Hopkins:  Good morning, Captain Campbell!  Did you know that for almost fifteen years before the Pilgrims made their now famous voyage on the Mayflower, the ship transported cargo between European ports.    Captain Campbell:  That’s one thing that the TS Kennedy and the Mayflower have in common, Giles.  The TS Kennedy was a cargo ship long before it became a training ship for Massachusetts Maritime Academy cadets.  At the time, her name was Velma Lykes.   The cargo included food, cotton, machinery, consumer items, and industrial chemicals.   The Velma Lykes traveled from ports within the Gulf Of Mexico to locations such as Japan, Singapore, Hong Kong, Korea, Taiwan,…
Dear Giles Hopkins, We are glad that you are on the TS Kennedy with Little Buc.  My third grade class is interested in learning about the TS Kennedy and the Mayflower. We are wondering if there were any children our age on the Mayflower.  Our ages are all between seven year-old and nine years-old. Your New Friends, Curious Class Connecticut   Dear Curious Class, ​​​​​​Thanks for your email.  When historians discuss the ages of children on Mayflower, they stress that these ages are approximate. Wrestling Brewster, son of William and Mary Brewster, was approximately nine years old in 1620.  Bartholomew Allerton sailed on Mayflower with his parents Isaac and Mary, and his siblings…
Giles Hopkins: Good morning, Captain Campbell!  There’s so much to discuss!  In July 1620, the Mayflower and the Speedwell met in Southampton, England to begin loading food and supplies for the long voyage.  Have you had the opportunity to cruise to or from Southampton, Captain Campbell? Captain Campbell:  As a cadet participating in Massachusetts Maritime Academy 1986, I had the opportunity to cruise to Portsmouth, England.  It is a port city about forty miles southeast of Southampton.  On this cruise, the ship also visited Dublin, Ireland, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and Jacksonville, Florida.  We all enjoyed our time in England.  I remember that the trip across the Atlantic Ocean…
  Thanks for your emails, Followers!  I am happy to answer your questions.  If I don't know the answer, I consult the experts at Plimoth Plantation. January 14, 2020 Dear Giles Hopkins, My class is looking forward to learning about the TS Kennedy and the Mayflower during Sea Term 2020.  Did the crew on the Mayflower wear clothing that is similar to what cadets wear on the TS Kennedy?  If not, how is it different?  Say hi to Little Buc! Your 3rd grade fan, Ocean Blue Massachusetts Dear Ocean Blue, Thanks for your email!  I am glad that your class is participating in Follow The Voyage – Share The Experience Program. Shipboard clothing has changed quite a bit since 1620!  Of…
  Little Buc:  Ahoy, Followers!  Ahoy, Giles! Giles Hopkins: How now, Followers?  How now, Little Buc?  As you might have guessed, “How now?” was a way that the Pilgrims asked, “How are you?” Little Buc:  I am just great, Giles!  I received an email from a follower from Cape Cod.  He is a big fan of Mayflower II.  Four years ago he visited the ship with his mom and dad.  The year before that, he toured Mayflower II on a school field trip.  His family is eager to visit Mayflower II when it returns to Plymouth in May.  I am sure that all of our followers would love to know about the exciting 30-month restoration project that has taken place.  Giles Hopkins: The major…
Giles Hopkins:  The pitching and rolling of the TS Kennedy has me thinking of the Pilgrim’s voyage on the Mayflower.  Their trip across the Atlantic was a rough one.  Although most of the crew members were used to being at sea, many of the passengers were sailing on a ship for the very first time.  Seasickness was a problem.  The sailors made fun of the Pilgrims as they hung over the deck. William Bradford wrote seasickness and the unkind behavior of the sailors when he wrote the history of Plymouth Colony.    He was thirty years-old during the Mayflower’s voyage.  He was elected governor of Plymouth in 1621 and served for many years. You may find the wording and the spelling a little…
Little Buc and I hope that you and your family will visit the newly restored Mayflower II  this spring.  Here is a link to the website Mayflower Sails 2020. https://mayflowersails2020.com/   Content  
  Pilgrim doll Giles Hopkins entered the Pande Dining Hall on the campus of Massachusetts Maritime Academy and looked around.  He saw cadets laughing and exchanging hugs with family and friends. Although he was excited for Departure Day, he couldn’t help but feel a little let down when he realized that no one was waiting for him. Just as a look of sadness appeared on his porcelain face, Giles looked up and spotted two special people standing in the crowd.  There was no mistaking that they were there just for him.  The two historical costumed interpreters from Plimoth Plantation walked towards Giles as his sadness turned to pure joy.  The costumed historical interpreters work in…
  Giles Hopkins:  I am honored to be cruising aboard the TS Kennedy.  It will be great to talk with you each week during Sea Term 2020.  I am full of stories and questions! I watched supplies being loaded onto the TS Kennedy yesterday, but I didn’t see any barrels of beer.  The Mayflower carried numerous barrels of beer, although I can’t say exactly how many.  Beer was an essential part of sea life in the 1600s.  Of course, there were barrels of water as well.  Unfortunately, after standing in the barrels for several weeks, the water was no longer safe for the Pilgrims to drink.  That meant everyone had to drink beer – including children.  The alcohol content of the beer was quite…