The Mayflower is first recorded in 1609, at which time it was a merchant ship traveling to Baltic ports, most notably Norway. The ship was about 180 tons, and rested in Harwich. In its early years it was employed in the transportation of tar, lumber, and fish; and possibly did some Greenland whaling. Later on in its life, it became employed in Mediterranean wine and spice trading. In 1620, Thomas Weston, John Carver and Robert Cushman hired the Mayflower to undertake the voyage to plant a colony in Northern Virginia. Christopher Jones was the captain of the Mayflower when it took the Pilgrims to New England in 1620. They anchored off the tip of Cape Cod on November 11, 1620. The Mayflower stayed in America that winter. The Mayflower set sail for home on April 5, 1621, arriving back May 6th. The ship made a few more trading runs to Spain, Ireland, and France. However, Captain Christopher Jones died shortly thereafter and the ship lay dormant for about two years, at which point it was appraised for probate and its value was determined to be the extremely low amount of £128-08-04. This probate inventory is the last record of the Mayflower. The ship was not in very good condition, being called “in ruins”. Ships in that condition were more valuable as wood, so the Mayflower was most likely broken apart and sold as scrap.