Looking back in history, we might imagine that everyone on board the Mayflower was friendly and nice — not so. The sailors harassed the saints. One sailor called the Pilgrims “psalm-singing puke-stockings.”
“Several of the crew had taken to mocking them unmercifully, and their self-appointed leader had taken such a dislike to the Pilgrims that he would gloat at their seasickness and delight in telling them how much he looked forward to sewing them in shrouds and feeding them to the fish. For surely some of them would soon be dying — death was a familiar shipmate among landlubbers on these long voyages — and these were the puniest assortment … he had ever seen.” (From “The Light and the Glory” by Marshall and Manuel)
Unexplained and without warning something happened that stopped the mocking. “... just at the peak of his tormenting, this same crewman suddenly took gravely ill of an unknown fever and died within a single day. No one else caught this mysterious disease, and his was the first shrouded body to go over side.” (Marshall and Manuel)
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