Please note that Mayflower II, Plimoth Plantation's full-scale reproduction of the tall ship that brought the Pilgrims to Plymouth in 1620, is currently away from her berth at State Pier on the Plymouth Waterfront. Until 2019, the ship will be at Mystic Seaport receiving a full restoration ahead of Plymouth's 400th commemoration of the Pilgrims' arrival on New England's shores. Follow the ship's progress here. The retail shops at Mayflower II will remain open through Thanksgiving (77 Water Street, Plymouth).
Stay tuned for engaging ways to remain connected to the ship's restoration story, and in the meantime, learn about the Mayflower Compact and how America's constitutional tradition began shipboard almost 400 years ago. Reflect on your own family's immigration story on one of the world's oldest wooden vessels that still sails today.
Like most people, I was immediately struck by how small the ship seemed - particularly in the 'tween decks, where the passengers were confined. How could 102 people, including three pregnant mothers, have survived more than ten weeks in a space this size?
"At Sea with the Pilgrims: Writing About the Voyage of the Mayflower"
Plimoth Life, 2007