Dartmouth’s connection to the Mayflower
Dartmouth was never in the pilgrim’s travel plans but they were forced to stop here when the Mayflower’s partner, Speedwell, began leaking badly after leaving Southampton. Over the next 11 days the ship was repaired before setting sail again. Ultimately, Speedwell was too unseaworthy to make the crossing and was left behind in Plymouth.
After 66 days of stormy seas and cramped conditions, the enduring pilgrims landed on Cape Cod on 11 November 1620.
Today, more than 35 million Americans can trace their roots back to the Mayflower.
Mayflower 400 in Dartmouth
Preparations for Mayflower 400 are well underway in Dartmouth and aim to highlight not only its connections to the pilgrims’ journey but also the town’s long maritime history.
You can begin your pilgrim experience today with a walking tour that has been curated to show you Dartmouth as it would have looked when the Mayflower and Speedwell moored in front of Bayards Cove in 1620. The tours are freely available on the Mayflower 400 app. Download it here.