Mayflower II, Plimoth Plantation’s 1957 historic reproduction of the ship that carried the Pilgrims to Massachusetts in 1620, is scheduled to begin the return journey to her mooring at the State Pier on the Plymouth, Massachusetts waterfront on Sunday, June 5 from Mystic, Connecticut.
As our regular readers are aware, the nearly 60-year-old wooden vessel is undergoing an extensive, multi-year collaborative restoration effort at the Henry B. DuPont Preservation Shipyard at Mystic Seaport, the nation’s leading maritime museum, in order to ensure that this nationally relevant ship can continue to fulfill her educational mission and as well as serving as an economic anchor for the Town of Plymouth and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
Over the last six months, Mystic Seaport’s shipwrights and Plimoth Plantation’s maritime artisans have continued necessary stabilization efforts including replacing much of Mayflower II’s half-deck area as well as doing essential work on the ship’s tween deck and topmast rigging.
Accompanied by a crew of eight from our Maritime Preservation and Operations group, the 106-foot ship will be towed by the tugboat Jaguar (operated by Mitchell Towing in Fairhaven, Massachusetts).
The ship will depart Mystic Seaport early on Sunday, June 5. She is expected to pass through Cape Cod Canal on Monday, June 6 between the hours of 9 a.m. and 11 a.m., which would put her arrival in Plymouth Harbor at between the hours of 1:30 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. The ship’s travel schedule is entirely dependent on tide, weather conditions, and other factors, and therefore subject to change without notice.
We hope many of you can join us on Monday, June 6 to welcome the ship back at viewing spots along the Cape Cod Canal and at the State Pier in Plymouth. Track Mayflower II’s progress along her journey and look for updates on our Facebook page.
Plimoth Plantation expects to open Mayflower II to the public Wednesday, June 8. We invite you to join us on June 11 and 12 at the Plymouth Waterfront for a “Welcome Home Mayflower II” weekend including special programming, free face painting for children by Art On The Spot, and more activities (museum admission applies to visit the exhibit and board the ship). We also are delighted to announce that admission to the Mayflower II exhibit will be free for Plymouth residents (with valid ID) for the 2016 season!