An Immigrant Story: Crossing the Atlantic in a 17th Century Sailing Ship

Welcome aboard! It’s a two month voyage, and our ship is not big. Some of you will live and sleep in the cabin below deck, but others will have to sleep in the Skiff on deck, which also houses the animals. Where you sleep will be determined by the name tag you draw. It determines your social rank. We have no refrigeration, so we need to ensure that the food on board has been properly treated before we set sail. We will also need ample supplies of beer and wine to modify the water. Without them, the water will become scummy and unfit to drink.

The crew will not discuss shipboard hygiene with you, but we have to have a talk about ‘bodily functions’ before we sail. Please anticipate that your modesty will be challenged when using the “seats of ease”.