Life on the ship wasn’t easy. Passengers were cooped up in a dark lower deck full of rats. Many of them got horribly seasick.
“People were throwing up all the time, which smelled terrible,” says Oman.
But passengers weren’t allowed to get fresh air on the top deck, because they might get swept overboard. Supplies of food and fresh water ran low. Without enough nutrients, some people got a serious disease called scurvy.
Halfway through the voyage, a violent storm struck. As the ship got tossed about, passengers were thrown against walls. A large beam, or wooden support, cracked.
Was it safe to continue on the damaged ship? The Pilgrims talked about turning back. But they fixed the beam and kept sailing.