Please join us in welcoming Marc Whitney—“Whit”—Perry as the museum’s associate director for maritime preservation and operations! Whit comes to Plimoth Plantation with over 30 years of experience working with wooden boats. His most recent post was at the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, where he maintained and operated three square-rigged vessels for nearly 10 years.
Whit has a long history with ships and sailing, having sailed all over the North Atlantic, Caribbean, and the Mediterranean. He has commanded many different types of vessels, from small catboats to square riggers, schooners, and sloops. He will start his new position later this month. Whit originally hails from Massachusetts and is looking forward to being back in New England. “I am very excited to be a part of the Plimoth Plantation team, as we move towards 2020—the 400th anniversary of the Pilgrims’ landing in Massachusetts,” said Perry. “The restoration of Mayflower II is a dream come true. In the months and years to come we will restore and preserve this iconic ship so that future generations can continue to appreciate its beauty, significance, and history.”
In other Mayflower II news…
On July 11, 2014, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick signed the 2015 fiscal year budget which includes $2 million in funding for the restoration of Mayflower II. The historic ship is a centerpiece exhibit of Plimoth Plantation and one of the Commonwealth’s leading tourism attractions, drawing millions of people from around the world to learn about the Plymouth Colony and its role in the early Colonial foundation of the United States.
We can’t wait for Whit to get on board, and we are excited to continue our preservation and restoration efforts throughout the upcoming seasons! Stop by, get on board and say hi to Whit!