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Land Ho! 1620: A Seaman's Story of the Mayflower, Her Construction, Her Navigation, and Her First Landfall [Paperback]

W. Sears Nickerson , Delores Bird Carpenter

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April 30 1997

With an original 1931 press run of only seven hundred and fifty, surviving copies of Land Ho! 1620 are now either in archives or exist as valued collector's editions. Acclaimed by the Cape Cod Pilgrim Memorial Association in 1957 as "the most authentic, interesting, and best written book on the voyage of the Pilgrims and their lives," Nickerson's work is now available in this handsome paperback edition, complete with all original illustrations and maps. Nickerson scholar Delores Bird Carpenter updated all one hundred and seventy- nine annotations, checking them against original sources. In addition, she has prepared a new bibliography and an extensive, new introduction that places Land Ho! 1620 into its historical and historiographical context.  
     Divided into four parts, the first describes "the Voyage"; the second, told with the skill of a shipbuilder, describes "the Ship," which includes drawings of the deck plan, the passenger quarters, and the elevation and the sail plan. Also included in this section are discussions of the ship's speed, instruments, and personnel. The Third, "the backside of Cape Cod," addresses the problem of where the Mayflower first saw land, and its subsequent course. Nickerson concludes with "the Landfall and the Landing." Of great significance is his map, The Back Side of Cape Cod Today—1930 and Yesterday—1620.

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"A splendidly told story that accurately reflects the sub-title. Sensitively edited, the book will be a much appreciated read for those interested in ships and the sea..." -- Nautical Magazine, May 2002.

About the Author

J. Delores Bird writes under the name of Delores Bird Carpenter, and teaches survey courses in American Literature, Oral Communication, and Persuasive Communication at Cape Cod community College. Among the publications that she has authored or edited under the name of Delores Bird Carpenter are the following: The Life of Lidian Jackson Emerson, The Selected Letters of Lidian Jackson Emerson, The Early Days of Cape Cod Community College, Early Encounters: Native Americans and Europeans in New England from the Papers of W. Sears Nickerson, and Hand Ho! - 1620 A Seaman's Story of the Mayflower: Her Construction, Her Navigation and Her First Landfall by W. Sears Nickerson.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Mayflower landing May 5 2008
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A refreshing look at the Mayflower landing takes the shape of the voyage itself from the perspective of a sailor. The author was a sailor and describes the ship, the navigation and the voyage from the first sighting of land to the final anchoring in Massachusetts Bay. The book is very well researched.

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