John Smith of Pocahontas fame was supposed to lead the way to Plymouth in America, but the Pilgrims couldn’t afford his fees.
Instead, they bought a book from him that included a map of the new region.
So they went without the hired help of a captain. But this was a technicality.
The ship’s master, Christopher Jones, had been sailing with the Mayflower for years, knew the ins and outs of maneuvering her, and also had experience with this particular route.
The Pilgrims, whether they realized it or not, were in good hands on the voyage.