Pat Shingleton: "A Rough Gofor the Pilgrim's"
It was a difficult crossing for the Pilgrims. The winter of 1620-1621 was "a calm winter, such as was never seen here" wrote Thomas Dudley of Massachusetts Bay. Details as to subsequent winters at Plymouth are sketchy. Journals that were returned to England may have been slanted toward favorable weather conditions, possibly designed to not only please sponsors, but to persuade other settlers to come to America. Almost half of the original passengers and crew of the Mayflower encountered disease during their first winter on the shores of Massachusestts and Cape Cod Bay. Many stayed on the Mayflower, anchored a mile offshore. Weather permitting, the settlers went ashore each day to build adequate shelters.