A Day in My Life: Mayflower II, Plymouth, MA

Just got back from a wonderful week on the east coast. I researched historical ships for some upcoming books. My husband came along—he was in training to become a crackerjack assistant for me. (He had a great time—but never understood the critical need for an assistant to bring coffee to the writer each morning. Not sure if I’ll hire him . . . but don’t tell him that.)

For the next few Wednesdays, I’ll share pics from the trip. I took more than 500 . . . promise not to bore you! I’ll just share some highlights.




Imagine climbing up that rope ladder for a two-to-four hour turn as a “watch.”


My husband, Steve, studying some aspects of the ship. He had great observations! No note-taking though . . . which I just don’t “get.” I took pages and pages and pages of notes.


This is a palm guard for sailors who stitched and repaired sails. Why haven’t quilters adapted this tool?


This is the ship the Separatists brought along with them. It was held in the hold of the ship.


Looking up from the hold, where the Separatists stayed for more than two months. Imagine how dark it was down there!


This was how the sailors kept track of their watch.


1600 Laundry rack. Not so different from ours! 🙂


This is where the Master of the ship slept. He wasn’t called the Captain because that title had an association with the military.


Master’s quarters. This was his dining table/desk. Pretty much his entire space.



A Separatist in the hold. (Not really. She’s an interpreter and a good one! Couldn’t get her out of the 1600s.)


Lifeboat on the Mayflower.


My husband, Steve, in front of the Mayflower II.


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About Suzanne

Suzanne Woods Fisher writes bestselling, award winning fiction and non-fiction books about the Old Order Amish for Revell Books. Her interest in the Plain People began with her Old Order German Baptist grandfather, raised in Franklin County, Pennsylvania. Suzanne's app, Amish Wisdom, delivers a daily Amish proverb to your phone or iPad. She writes a bi-monthly column for Christian Post and Cooking & Such magazine. She lives with her family in California and raises puppies for Guide Dogs for the Blind. To Suzanne's way of thinking, you can't take life too seriously when a puppy is running through your house with someone's underwear in its mouth.


  1. Kathleen Berman says:

    Looks like you had fun. Did you go in the smoky longhouse at the Plantation? Oh, I hope you went to Mystic Seaport in Connecticut if you are doing boat research.

    • Kathleen…will have pix of Mystic Seaport next week! Spent a LOT of time there! And yes…went in the smokey longhouse! In fact, one Wampanoag was burning the inside of a log to make a canoe-ish boat. So interesting!

  2. Tea Norman says:

    Really enjoyed the photos of the ship. Thank you.

  3. Melanie Backus says:

    Suzanne, I loved your post! It brought back great memories as my husband and I visited the area last year. I took picture after picture myself. So much wonderful history….I loved every bit of that trip! Thank you for sharing.

  4. Dora says:

    I loved your pictures. Had a good time remembering my trip to Massachusetts. Thanks for sharing.

  5. MS Barb says:

    Your pictures are beautiful! I have never seen the ocean, nor ships, so these are educational! At first, I thought the board of how the sailors kept track of their watches was some kind of game, to pass time, while on the sea! (Does this board have a “technical” name?)
    THANKS for sharing! AND, PLEASE share more of your pictures!

    • Barb…I am going to have to go back through my notes and find the name of that “clock” that DOES look like a children’s game! Will try and get back to you on that. Thanks for your comments!

  6. Connie Kiers says:

    this is so cool. I love history

  7. kathy milburn says:

    Those were great photos..Thanks for sharing..I was on a Naval ship in Norfolk, Va…Now that was very interesting to go on one of them tours, they sure had real close corners for their rooms

    • Kathy…I know just what you mean! My brother-in-law was in the navy and slept next to the engine room in a small bunk. I don’t know HOW he ever slept. Claustrophia and noise! 🙂 Suzanne