Thursday, June 30, 2016
Thunderstorm, Mayflower II, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA
It seemed like a nice day to visit downtown Plymouth although I did notice the darkening sky.
At one point, the Mayflower II was brightly lit against the dark cloud background.
Some folks started heading for their cars anticipating the imminent rainstorm.
Plymouth Harbor is the permanent home of the Mayflower II, a replica constructed in the mid-1950's of the original Mayflower that carried the Pilgrims from England to the "New World" in 1620. The replica was built in Devonshire, England by private donations from folks in both countries and sailed to the United States in 1957. It is a very popular tourist attraction here in "America's Hometown."
The original Mayflower journey took 66 days with 102 passengers and crew of 25-30 in a vessel approximately 100 feet long by 25 feet wide. They arrived on November 11, remained living on board the ship until spring, and when the winter ended barely half the colony was still alive. Imagine all those people living in cold New England winter conditions in a space smaller than a tennis court. Some hearty folk those Pilgrims. According to the Mayflower Society, there are approx 10 million descendants from that original group.
Yep, it was quite a big storm, most of which was passing to the north.
It made for some dramatic views.
....before I, too, headed for the dry safety of my car.