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Plymouth 400

There’s a very special guest aboard the TS Kennedy!  To celebrate the 400th anniversary of the voyage of the Mayflower, we’ve added a historical twist to Sea Term 2020.  Cruising with Little Buc, Big Buc, and the cadets is Pilgrim doll, Giles Hopkins.  You’ll be educated and entertained as Giles searches for similarities between the Mayflower's voyage in 1620 and the voyage of the TS Kennedy in 2020.  He’s determined to track down cadets who are descendants of Mayflower passengers.  Be sure to check back daily for Giles’s posts and special features about his hometown of Plymouth, Massachusetts.

  Little Buc:  Ahoy, Followers!  Ahoy, Giles!  Giles Hopkins:  Good Morrow, Followers!  Good Morrow, Little Buc!  I was out on deck yesterday when 4/C Cadet Ben Johnson from Attleboro, Massachusetts handed me his family tree. Little Buc:  I know Ben Johnson!  He’s a Marine Engineering major who attended Hills-Roberts Elementary School, Robert J. Coelho Middle School, and Attleboro High School.  Why did he bring a tree aboard the TS Kennedy and where is he hiding it?  Captain Campbell is not going to be happy about this. His family will probably be upset too!  Giles Hopkins: No, Cadet Johnson didn’t bring that kind of tree, Little Buc!  A family tree is a chart that shows a…
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…
  Little Buc:  Ahoy, Followers!  Ahoy, Giles!  Giles Hopkins:  What cheer, Followers?  What cheer, Little Buc?  Yes, that’s another way that the Pilgrims asked, “How are you?”  Today’s post should bring a smile to the faces of our followers.  It has to do with a very unusual tribute to Mayflower. Little Buc:  Is this the tribute that we saw when we visited Plimoth Plantation last summer?  The one with four legs? Giles Hopkins:  Yes!  That’s it!  Mooflower! Little Buc:  I can’t stop laughing when I hear you say, “Mooflower”, or picture the life-size statue of a cow with Mayflower coming out of its back! Giles Hopkins:  This work of art, created by Massachusetts artist Joseph…
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…
  Little Buc:  Ahoy, Followers!  Ahoy, Giles!  When I heard the ship’s bell ring yesterday, it reminded me of our visit to Plimoth Plantation on September 1st.  What a thrill to hear Mayflower II’s new bell rung for the very first time! Giles Hopkins:  I am glad that you were able to join me!  What a wonderful day it was! Little Buc:  I am sure that our followers are as curious as I am about why Mayflower II needed a new bell.  Like me, they are probably wondering what  happened to the bell that was on the ship since 1957.  The TS Kennedy’s bell has been ringing since she was launched as the Velma Lykes back in 1964. (left/#1, #3) We’ve never considered getting a new bell.…
  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:  Ahoy, Followers!  Ahoy, Giles!  I talked with so many teachers on Taylors Point on Saturday.  They are participating in Follow The Voyage – Share The Experience with their classes.  The teachers let me know that they like the conversation format of our blogs.  They said that their students enjoy reading our Mayflower Monday post in pairs – one student reads your part and the other student reads mine.  I promised the teachers that we would keep using this format.  Giles Hopkins:  Good Morrow, Followers!  Good Morrow, Little Buc!  It’s great to be out at sea on the TS Kennedy!  It sure was great to meet the many mothers, fathers, grandparents, relatives, friends,…
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