During February Argall’s ship Treasurer is prepared for retiring Governor Dale’s last voyage to
England and to take Rolfe and Pocahontas with him. So, when the ship is made clean and ready she is sent up river from Jamestown
to Henrico to pick them up, load some of Rolfe’s tobacco as part cargo then call in at other outposts for the remainder
en route back to Jamestown. It is at this point, just days before the Treasurer is due to sail, that Dale has a brilliant
idea. It suddenly dawns on him that it would be far more impressive if, when he lands in London, he has more Indians with
him, painted and feathered, than just Pocahontas, who would by then just be dressed in English costume. So,
Pocahontas persuades two of her half sisters, her brother-in-law Tomocomo, four girls and three young braves to join in the
adventure and act as her servants and aides.
Thus it is, in the early spring of 1616, leaving the colony in the capable hands
of Deputy Governor Yeardley, that the Treasurer sets out across the Atlantic and, after an uneventful
voyage, makes landfall in Plymouth. She enters the Sound, passes by St Nicholas Island, sails under the guns of Plymouth Fort
and eventually ties up in Sutton harbour near the Barbican Gateway (pictured). It is now 12 June
and, as Dale has predicted, when the Rolfes come ashore for a rest, accompanied by their colourful entourage, they cause a
sensation among the Plymothians gathered to greet them. It’s as though they have come from Mars, they are so unbelievably
Mayor Colmer officially greets them. He has come from the Guildhall where his parlour is situated. It also houses the
Clink, the town’s prison. Tomocomo has been given a stave by Powhatan to cut a notch to record every Englishman he sees.
Sensibly, he soon gives up.
In this scene Tom Mor the designer pays tribute to his three friends who helped in the 20 year research
involved with the Tapestry Project, by showing Freda Simpson, Paul Presswell, Tom Maddock and himself standing watching the
Rolfes’ arrival in Plymouth. The butterfly is the Large Blue (Maculinea arion).