The biggest version of the Mayflower in plastic currently in production from Trumpeter.The Mayflower, in which the Pilgrim Fathers sailed from Plymouth to the New World in 1620, was an ordinary small merchant ship of the period and is believed to have been built at the end of the 16th century. No precise details of her size are recorded but it is known that she was about 180 tons burden. In September 1620, when Mayflower commenced her famous voyage, she was overcrowded, carrying 102 Pilgrims, their possessions and livestock as well as her crew of about 25. Her captain was Christopher Jones and among her passengers was William Bradford who was to become the first Governor of the new colony.
When the Mayflower eventually anchored off Cape Cod, she had completed a voyage of 67 days and some 3,500 miles. During this time she had ridden out several Atlantic storms which caused great discomfort to the Pilgrims in their primitive accommodation; one passenger had died and there had been one birth. For another month the colonists remained onboard before beginning the new settlement of Plymouth. Little further is known of the Mayflower except that she returned to England after a very fast voyage of 31 days and was then stated to be "in ruins.