Pat Shingleton: "The Pilgrims-Double Crossed..."
William Bradford was not only the Governor of Plymouth Planation but also an historian. He chronicled the difficulties of the Pilgrim's crossing. The decision to land on the shores of Massachusetts was dictated by weather. The small, 180-ton ship, The Mayflower, sailed near the southeastern tip of Cape Cod on November 19, 1620; expecting to hold course and land in New York Harbor. With high winds and waves, the crew plotted another course, turning northward, picking-up southerly winds and after rounding the tip of the Cape, entered the protected waters of the bay. Clear weather and favorable winds on November 20th kept The Mayflower on its northerly tack, dropping anchor on the 21st in Provincetown Harbor after 65 days at sea. More tomorrow.