Pat Shingleton: "Today..."
Monday evening I watched LPB's documentary on Jamestown and how recent archaeological finds provided a different picture of the difficulties for the first settlers. Historian William Bradford and governor of Plymouth Plantation, chronicled the difficulties of the Pilgrim's crossing. The decision to land on the shores of Massachusetts was dictated by the weather. The small, 180-ton ship, The Mayflower, sailed near the southeastern tip of Cape Cod on November 19th, 1620. The navigators were expecting to hold course with hopes of landing near what is now, New York Harbor. With high winds and waves, the crew plotted another course, turned northward and picked up southerly winds and after rounding the tip of the Cape. They then 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. From the journey to another holiday tradition and Ben Franklin. He suggested that the turkey should be America’s national bird. One of my previous columns referenced an old friend to many and an avid outdoorsman, the late Hansen Scobee. Years ago, Hansen shared with me examples as to the difficulty in bagging a wild turkey, noting how they adapt to the elements and the difference in taste between those in the wild and those on your table tomorrow. Frank Reese, Jr. started the Good Shepherd Turkey Ranch in 1850 and his descendants continue to conscientiously advance birds meeting standards of perfection. Commercial turkeys are genetically engineered but Heritage Turkeys are not and through Frank’s efforts for many year, five different breeds have been saved from extinction including the Standard Bronze, the White Holland, the Narragansett, The Bourbon Red and the Black.