1.    The Mayflower was a three-masted ship, most likely between 90 and 110 feet long, that carried the people who came to be known a Pilgrims from England to Plymouth in 1620.

2.  The exact age of the ship is unknown, although it dates back to at least 1607; it was put out of service in 1622.  (Got a bit tired crossing that ocean.)

3.  The Mayflower was most often use as a cargo ship and typically made runs between England and France (among other counties on the continent).

4.  On its voyage to the New World, the Mayflower started off with 102 passengers and a  crew of  around 30 men.  Two passengers died in route.

5.  Mary Allerton Cushman was three years old when she began the voyage aboard the Mayflower; when she died at 83, she was the last surviving passenger who had made the historic trip.

6.  Myles (or Miles) Standish was hired as the military advisor for the colony, due to his experience as a military officer in England.  He became famous for his courtship of Priscilla Mullins Alden in a well-known Longfellow poem.  (Love to hear him give his own critique of that poem.)

7.  John Carver was chosen as the first governor of the Plymouth colony.  The honor was shortlived, as he died about four months later.  (The New World was not a welcoming place in 1620.)

8.  His successor, William Bradford, had a longer run: more than 30 years as governor.  (Could be a good argument for – or perhaps against – term limits there.)

9.  The appropriately if awkwardly named Oceanus Hopkins was the only child born to passengers (Stephen and Elizabeth Hopkins) on the Mayflower during its actual voyage.

10.  John Alden is given the distinction of being the first person from the Mayflower to set foot on Plymouth Rock.  (Hope he had gotten rid of his sea legs by then.)

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