Mayflower Commemoration Passage
- Vessel: Pilgrim of Brixham
- Where: Devon
- Duration: 3 days
- Embark: Dartmouth - 9 September 2020, 12:00
- Disembark: Plymouth - 11 September 2020, 12:00
Sailing from Dartmouth to Plymouth aboard a traditional trawler to celebrate the 400 year anniversary of the sailing of the Mayflower.
Join the Pilgrim of Brixham as she sails to Plymouth on the Mayflower Commemorative Passage to mark its 400th anniversary.
Exactly 400 years ago, the Pilgrim’s sailed from Dartmouth to Plymouth as they headed westward for their epic transatlantic crossing to the New World. They had two ships in convoy – the Mayflower and the Speedwell. They sailed into Dartmouth in Devon, England on 23rd August 1620 for repairs and then set sail from Bayard’s Cove in Dartmouth for Plymouth to continue their inspirational journey.
Pilgrim of Brixham is part of the official Dartmouth Mayflower 400 celebrations and just as they did in 1620, she will start her journey by sailing out of the River Dart past Dartmouth and Kingswear Castles and into Start Bay and around Start Point.
We will arrive into Plymouth in time for guests to be there for the 400th Anniversary Festivities which will be on a massive scale. The aim of this voyage is to give guests the chance to experience and reflect on how those Pilgrim’s must have felt out at sea sailing to their destiny.
There will be ample opportunity to help the crew sail the vessel and see how these heavy traditional sailing vessels handled the weather, the tides and the sea.
This is a once in a lifetime opportunity and will certainly appeal to descendants of the Pilgrim’s, historians and those with affection or a fascination of the way traditional sailing vessels operated. The scenery will be spectacular and the marine wildlife will capture your attention. Above all though, this passage will give you an opportunity to put your head in the place where the Pilgrim’s were….and yes on a vessel named Pilgrim!
If arriving by car, the ticket price includes a transfer back to Dartmouth from Plymouth.
Pilgrim of Brixham
Guest berths: 10 Rig: Gaff Rigged Ketch
Pilgrim of Brixham, built in 1895, is a traditional gaff rigged ketch that is one of a handful of remaining wooden sailing trawlers that were built in Brixham. Pilgrim and her iconic red sails were once part of a large fishing fleet operating out of Brixham, which used to be the principal fishing port in the country. Her survival is testament to her quality, with many similar Victorian fishing vessels having a life span of less than 20 years – and the main reason for her survival is thanks to funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund, the South Devon Coastal Local Action Group and many individual donors and volunteers.
The Pilgrim Story
After spending many years under different owners in Scandinavia, in 1999 she was brought home from Denmark back to Brixham. After significant restoration work, a few mishaps along the way and a hefty dose of community spirit, Pilgrim was returned to her former glory above decks, and brought up to modern standards below.
Today, as a charter vessel, the Brixham community still rallies around Pilgrim, with local crew, experienced and skilled volunteers performing maintenance and making the Pilgrim of Brixham operation run like clockwork. VentureSail is incredibly proud to have a hand in getting people aboard this historic vessel to not only experience how magnificently she sails, but also to see how passionate those that sail her are. Join Pilgrim on voyages around Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, or experience maritime festivals on this incredible vessel.
Deck planMore about Pilgrim of Brixham
What are the sleeping arrangements?
There are 8 berths in the main saloon, with 4 in a cabin at the front of the ship, and 4 at the back (these are usually crew bunks)
What language is spoken on board?
Are meals included?
Yes - meals will be as locally sourced as possible and freshly prepared. Food is often a real hit on Pilgrim.
Do I need to be a seasoned sailor?
Not at all. We give everyone who joins us on board the choice to do as much or as little as they like, whether they know how to or not.