How Long Did It Take To Sail From England To America In 1600s (And Why)?

Exact Answer: 66 Days

Colonists used to travel from England to America in the early centuries. For traveling in the early centuries, especially from the period of the 1500s, when colonists began to sail from England to America at least till the 1800s, water transportation was the most reasonable way.

How Long Did It Take To Sail From England To America In 1600s

How Long Did It Take To Sail From England to America In The 1600s?

Timeline of the ship (Mayflower) sail from England to AmericaTime
Beginning of sail trip15 August 1620
Finishing of sail trip21 November 1620

Among the different ships that were used by colonists to sail from England to America in the 1600s. Among those several different ships, the voyage ship, also known as the Mayflower, was the one which was used by colonists to sail from England to America.

The mayflower took a total of 66 days to sail from England to America. The mayflower was not like any other regular ship used by colonists to sail in the 1600s. The Mayflower voyage was big as compared to other ships.

According to many archeologists, it is believed that the mayflower voyage weighed around 180 tons, and was around 27 meters long, which is approximately equal to whooping 90 feet in length.

Many scholars and historians believe that the Mayflower voyage started the sailing trip on the 15th of august, 1620. The departure point of the Mayflower voyage was Southampton, a coastal place in England.

The mayflower was in the ocean for roughly about 10 long weeks before it reached its destination, which was America. It is believed that the mayflower voyage was sighted in the cape cod, a coastal dockyard which is situated in Provincetown, Massachusetts, a city of America. 

The ship reached America on the 21st of November, 1620 after spending 66 days traveling the water channel from England to America.

Why Did It Take That Long To Sail From England to America In The 1600s?

The Mayflower voyage contained about 102 passengers, most of them were English families, or in other words, most of the passengers in the Mayflower voyage were pilgrims which were being sailed from England to America in 1620. Apart from the 102 passengers, the Mayflower voyage also had a crew of 30 people.

There are many unknown reasons and mysteries related to the Mayflower voyage, including the question of why the Mayflower voyage took that long to sail from England to America in the 1600s.

However, it is believed that soon after the time when mayflower began its sail from Southampton, England on August 5, 1620, the speedwell of the ship began to leak. Because of this, the ship had to return to the coast in England to get the leakage in the speedwell repaired. 

Once the speedwell of the Mayflower voyage was repaired, the ship again began its sail from England to America. However, the repair of the speedwell of the Mayflower voyage took a couple of days and when the ship began its sail again, its state was august 21, 1620.

Moreover, this was not the only hurdle in the journey of the Mayflower voyage on its sail from England to America. Once the ship covered a distance of 300 miles through the water channel, the speedwell of the ship began to leak again.

As a result, the Mayflower voyage, along with its leaked speedwell, had to return to Plymouth, England. By this time, a lot of time had already passed, and repairing the speedwell would have taken another week. Thus, it was then decided that the Mayflower voyage would reach America without any speedwell.

Then, on September 6, 1620, the mayflower began its journey once again from England to America. By the time of October, the Atlantic Ocean witnessed several storms which made it even harder for the Mayflower voyage to complete its trip.

However, after facing all the hurdles, and struggling with all the problems, the mayflower reached its destination, America, on November 9, 1620.

Conclusion

The colonists had a water channel to sail from England to America in the 1600s. Though it used to take anywhere from as long as 3 months to 2 months to reach America from England through sailing, it was the shortest time duration for the colonists to sail.

References

  1. https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/00253359.1922.10655093
  2. https://books.google.com/books?hl=en&lr=&id=g_uACgAAQBAJ&oi=fnd&pg=PA7&dq=mayflower&ots=uIU9dDaBqn&sig=ygMFfuHDsXGy2NYhhJ_ms5vQhdY
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