The two ships didn’t get very far before the Speedwell began to take on water again – either because she carried too much sail and thus was straining at her timbers, or as a direct result of sabotage by a reluctant crew. They changed course for Dartmouth in Devon, arriving on 23rd August 1620. According to the passengers the Speedwell was leaking like a sieve and water was penetrating her hull rapidly, causing some alarm and requiring urgent attention. The Separatists were regarded with some suspicion by the locals and while the repairs were made in Bayards Cove harbour, the Mayflower moored upstream on the River Dart beside what is now known as Pilgrims Hill. While much has changed on the waterfront since, they would still recognise Bayards Cove itself with the Tudor fort, Lower Street, Smith Street and Agincourt House, now a hotel. It took about a week for the port’s skilled craftsmen to make good the damage. Again, the ships headed out into the English Channel, New World bound.
The Mayflower alone set sail from Plymouth, England on 16 September 1620 with just 102 passengers and crew on board. The Speedwell and a number of passengers had to be left behind. The ship arrived some 66 days later, on 11 November, in Cape Cod on the US East Coast.