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.

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

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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.

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

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

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

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This was how the sailors kept track of their watch.

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1600 Laundry rack. Not so different from ours! 🙂

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

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

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

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Lifeboat on the Mayflower.

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

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