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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.

  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…
Little Buc:  Ahoy, Followers!  Ahoy, Giles!  Are you looking forward to Saturday as much as I am, Giles?  Giles:  I can’t wait to have parents, family members, and Follow The Voyage – Share The Experience participants join us on Saturday when the TS Kennedy departs from Taylors Point.  Little Buc:  Just wait until you see the colorful signs, banners, and flags created to bid the cadets farewell!  There will be excitement in the air!  I realize that the scene on Saturday will be much different than when Mayflower left Plymouth, England in September 1620.  Giles:  It sure will!  Because Speedwell was unable to make the trip across the Atlantic Ocean, many passengers had to stay…
  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…
This painting is called, The Mayflower And Speedwell In Dartmouth Harbor.  It was painted by Leslie Wilcox in 1971. This painting is called, Embarkation Of The Pilgrims.  It was painted by Robert W. Weir in 1844.The Pilgrims are praying on the deck of the Speedwell before leaving Holland in July 1620.  William Brewster is holding the Bible. This painting hangs in the U.S. Capital Building Rotunda in Washington, DC.  It measures 12 feet x 18 feet. This is a key to the painting, Embarkation Of The Pilgrims.  The Pilgrims in the painting are identified by name. Little Buc:  Ahoy, Followers!  As I type this blog, cadets are boarding the TS Kennedy for Sea Term 2020!  If you…