National Geographic : 1957 May
As for accommodation, the original May flower was no passenger ship-and the new one won't be, either. The difference is that nowadays a benevolent government steps in and says just how humans may be transported at sea, whereas in 1620 it was nobody's busi ness at all. Passengers then had to take ships as they found them. Today we would have to provide lifesaving equipment, proper sleeping space, washrooms, running water, ventilation, a doctor, and all Sthe rest of it, for 125 or 135 persons, were Swe to ship a full complement of modern Pilgrim Fathers. We cannot. There just isn't - room. It is quite impossible aboard so small a ship to offer accommodation anything like the standard now required by law. As for lifeboats, she'd have to carry enough each side, on gravity davits, to get all the people away in case she had to be abandoned. Her lifeboats together would be bigger than she is! For all these reasons, we'll have only 30 to 35 people aboard the new Mayflower. To have a hope of complying with the law at all, both sides of the Atlantic, our ship to be registered for the voyage as a t, otherwise she'd come under an impos host of regulations. And, as a yacht, cannot carry passengers at all-only the men, and guests of the owner. She ot carry cargo, either. 1 the crewmen, from the master down, to carry valid passports, stamped with a man's visa duly waited in line for at the ed States Embassy or nearest consulate, all hands photographed and finger ted. i the paper side, at any rate, the new has to be up-to-date. Well, we may ole ourselves with the reflection that, gh the Pilgrim Fathers may not have had ;et passports and visas, they took a ing around from their own countrymen re they ever were allowed to sail. It was pushing around which, indeed, had al y driven them from their homeland to and, before they set their course west to live out their lives as free men in e, new, and wonderful land. hat those noble pioneers could face, it © National Geographic Society 4//k 4V..