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The Voyage of the Mayflower
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The breaking of a main beam below decks and amidships seriously imperiled their safety for a time, but even with the scant facilities at hand, and the services of some of the able members of the company therein, the break was effectually repaired.
During these days the navigators and the leaders of the band were often in close consultation, and the question was raised as to whether it might not be better to return. With so much of the route already covered, this hardly seemed advisable; so they continued their course to the westward amid succeeding storms, with winds so fierce and seas so high that for many days their ship made no appreciable progress.
On November 6th William Butten, a serving lad to Samuel Fuller, died and was buried at sea. Their number, however, remained the same at the landing, for during the voyage a child was born to Stephen and Elizabeth Hopkins and was christened Oceanus.