It’s often the case that, when a person is making history, they have no idea that they are doing so. Such was the case of John Rut, an relatively obscure sailor from Essex, who made history on this date in 1527 and probably didn’t realize it. Rut was the master of the Mary Guilford, one of two ships sent by Cardinal Woolsey as an expedition to the New World. The other ship, The Sampson was believed lost in a storm during the Atlantic Crossing. The Mary Guilford survived to reach what is now St. John’s Newfoundland on this date. The Ship’s Master, John Rut wrote to King Henry VIII, commenting on the Harbor at St. Johns. He counted the fishing vessels moored there…Eleven Norman Vessels, two Portugese and one from Brittany…and updated his majesty the King on his plans to continue south, while looking for The Sampson. He left the letter behind at the Settlement in St. Johns, to be delivered back to England. John Rut sailed the Mary Guilford all the way to the Florida Peninsula, never spotted the Samson, and returned to England, where there is no further record of his activities. But his letter to King Henry VIII was the first letter on record ever sent from the New World to Europe.
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