Very few events in Norwegian history have created more fascination amongst Norwegians, at home as well as abroad, than the story about the Restauration and it’s voyage to America. The prelude to her departure, the trying Atlantic crossing, and the dramatic events the emigrants experienced upon arrival in New York have been described in numerous novels and historical articles.
The sloop is looked upon as the Norwegian Mayflower and the crossing in 1825 marks the beginning of the Norwegian emigration to America in the 18- and 19-hundreds. More than 800.000 Norwegians emigrated during the hundred years following 1825. The sloop is well known in Norway and perhaps even more famous amongst Norwegian-Americans.
After the voyage Restauration has been considered to be the foremost symbol of the Norwegian emigration to North America.
Restauration has been nicknamed after the famous Mayflower, the ship that carried the Pilgrim Fathers from Plymouth, England to North America in 1620. The vessel departed Plymouth on September 6, and anchored at Cape Cod in Massachusetts on November 11 after a voyage lasting for 65 days.
Like Restauration the Mayflower served as a cargo ship, and it’s exact measures and dimensions are unknown. Following thorough investigations it has been assumed that the length of the ship was in the order of 90 – 110 feet, with a beam of about 36 feet.
The passengers aboard Mayflower were amongst the earliest permanent settlers in New England, and the crossing has been a symbol of a one-way journey to a life of religious freedom, not unlike the voyage of Restauration.
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