The Futures Bright
24th November 1616AD, English Channel, a ship known as Mayflower makes another voyage back from main land Europe to London with her cargo.
The Port Books of England record there being 26 vessels called Mayflower during King James I of England’s reign (1603AD to 1625AD). Why the name at this time was so popular are now lost in time, though one of the ships, partly owned by a Christopher Jones, has gone down in history, never to be forgotten. In the Port Books of 1609 – 1611 she is recorded as being designated “of Harwich”, distinguishing her from the other Mayflowers. It is believed that the ship was built in Harwich, Essex before 1600. Her owner and master, Christopher Jones, also came from Harwich having been born there around 1570. Later on in her life, she was designated as “of London”.
Records show that in August 1609AD Mayflower was charted for a voyage from London to Trondheim in Norway and then back to London. During her return, she lost an anchor due to bad weather and she made short delivery of her cargo of herrings. As a result, legal action was taken which was ongoing in 1612AD. Over the next four years, Mayflower spent more time in London on the Thames. The records show that she was there twice in 1613AD in July and October/November. Again in 1616AD, the records show that she was carrying a cargo of wine an indication that she could have been on a voyage to a wind producing countries such as France, Spain, Portugal or the Canaries. From 1616AD Mayflower went off the records, or they have been lost (the above date at the start is fictional).
During Christopher Jones time as Captain, he transported English to wool to France and French wine to England as well as hats, hemp, Spanish salt, hops, and vinegar to Norway. It is also thought that he could have taken the Mayflower whaling in the North Atlantic sea around Greenland as well as having sailed as to Mediterranean ports. Jones' Mayflower next appears in the records in 1624AD, two years after a journey that will forever be remembered. On that journey expect more......