Remembering Joe Meany

Joe Meany visits Mayflower II in 2016

We remember our friend Joe Meany, who recently passed away, with great fondness and appreciation. In 1957, a 17-year-old Joe was the American “cabin boy” aboard Mayflower II on her maiden journey from Brixham, England to Plymouth, Massachusetts, having won the coveted spot through a national Boys’ Club of America contest. When the ship was becalmed, … [Read more…]

Our Hearts Beat for Mayflower II!

Our hearts beat for Mayflower II! We are thrilled to offer this very limited edition “Heart of Mayflower,” lovingly carved by hand by volunteers from planks that were removed from the Mayflower II during the restoration process. The bits of pine tar, scratches and nicks are part of what makes this object so special. It is a heart … [Read more…]

A Mayflower Memory: Linda Cabot Black

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As we prepare for the milestone moment that will be Mayflower II‘s return in 2019 to Plymouth Harbor in Massachusetts following a more than 30-month restoration, we at Plimoth Plantation have been delighted to hear from friends near and far about their “Mayflower Memories.” Our Development Director Courtney Roy-Branigan recently enjoyed a fireside chat with … [Read more…]

Welcome, Mayflower Society!

All set up at Hotel 1620 for the 41st Congress of the Mayflower Society!

A warm welcome to all those visiting Plymouth, Massachusetts this weekend for the General Society of Mayflower Descendants‘ 41st Mayflower Congress! We look forward to seeing many of you at our sites, including the 17th Century English Village, Wampanoag Homesite, Plimoth Grist Mill and our waterfront exhibit – “Should I Stay Or Should I Go?”. Plus, … [Read more…]

A Guest Post: Stem Assembly

Picking up the completed lower - 1700 lbs!

If you follow our blog, you likely are aware that Mayflower II, Plimoth Plantation’s full-scale reproduction of the ship that brought the Pilgrims to Patuxet (present-day Plymouth, Massachusetts) in 1620, is in the midst of an exciting multi-year restoration process at Mystic Seaport. What you may not know is that our team is working alongside Mystic Seaport’s shipwrights … [Read more…]

Visit us at the Mystic Seaport WoodenBoat Show!

Join us at WoodenBoat Magazine’s 26th Annual WoodenBoat Show, hosted by Mystic Seaport! Tickets can be purchased here: https://thewoodenboatshow.com/ Plimoth Plantation staff and Maritime Artisans will be on hand next to Mayflower II, in the Henry B. DuPont Preservation shipyard, celebrating the 60th anniversary of the historic ship’s arrival to Plymouth Harbor. We look forward … [Read more…]

Block, Strop & Pole! A Restoration Update

After re-assembly, these blocks will receive two additional coats if matte finish to mellow out the shine.

We’re pleased to share a post from Plimoth Plantation Maritime Artisan Don Heminitz about some of the recent behind-the-scenes work happening at our Marine Rigging and Carpentry Shop in Plymouth while Mayflower II is in dry-dock at Mystic Seaport. Thanks, Don, for the wonderful update, and also to Maritime Artisan George Ward and volunteers Dick Beane, … [Read more…]

Mayflower II Celebrates 60 Year Anniversary of Transatlantic Voyage

Mayflower II, Plimoth Plantation’s full-scale reproduction of the ship that carried the Pilgrims to Massachusetts in 1620, will soon mark 60 years since its well-publicized arrival in Plymouth, Massachusetts on June 13, 1957. Built in England and sailed across the Atlantic by an adventurous crew, the ship was a gift from the people of England … [Read more…]