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William Cook - The Mayflower's Essex home

Features | By William Cook

Harwich in a 1725 engraving by Johannes Kip

The Mayflower and her captain hailed from Harwich

Everyone knows the story of the Pilgrim Fathers and their exodus to Cape Cod, Massachusetts, 400 years ago, in autumn 1620. The ship that took them there, the Mayflower, is renowned throughout the world. But how much do you know about the ship itself, or the man who captained her on that epic voyage? The answer lies in Harwich, Essex, home of the Mayflower and her master and commander, Christopher Jones. ...


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