Still Mayflower related but a little bit away from the build, I’d like to make a quick post about calendars. A few people have recently contacted me and asked about the date the Mayflower sailed. I’ll always use the date mentioned by William Bradford in his ‘History of Plimoth Plantation’ and used by most books and notable websites. That date being the 6th of September 1620. Some people then question this as they have been told the date was actually the 16th of September.
When the mayflower sailed in 1620, the Julian calendar was in use and the date they set sail was the 6th of September. In the mid 1700’s the Calendar was changed to the Gregorian calendar and ten days were lost, thus making the 6th the 16th. Personally, I will always quote the date the Pilgrims saw on their calendar, the 6th, because that was when they left, not the 16th! Although I suppose both dates are correct.
But as an aside, here in the UK we celebrate the failure to blow up Parliament in 1605 on the 5th of November, not the 15th! Content: James Kelly