Plimoth Patuxet Museums, the acclaimed living history museum of 17th-century Colonial and Native New England, announced today that Mayflower II, the Museum’s historic reproduction of the ship that carried the Pilgrims to the shores of Patuxet in 1620, is scheduled to begin the return journey to her berth at the State Pier on the Plymouth, Massachusetts, waterfront on April 11 from Mystic, Connecticut.
The 65-year-old wooden vessel spent the winter months in dry dock at the Henry B. DuPont Preservation Shipyard at Mystic Seaport for routine maintenance and painting.
Accompanied by Plimoth Patuxet’s Maritime Preservation and Operations team, the 106-foot ship will be towed by the tugboat Jaguar (operated by Mitchell Towing in Fairhaven, Massachusetts).
The ship will depart Mystic Seaport on Monday, April 11, 2022, at approximately 3:00 p.m. She is expected to pass through Cape Cod Canal on Wednesday, April 13 at approximately 2:00 p.m., which would put her arrival in Plymouth Harbor at approximately 5:00 p.m. The ship’s travel schedule is entirely dependent on tide, weather conditions, and other factors, and therefore subject to change without notice.
Plimoth Patuxet expects to open Mayflower II to the public on Saturday, April 16th at 9:00 a.m. Track Mayflower II’s progress along her journey and look for updates on Plimoth Patuxet’s Facebook page.
In addition to welcoming the ship back at viewing spots along the Cape Cod Canal and at the State Pier in Plymouth (see tracking link and our social media that day for more precise timing), the public is invited to join Plimoth Patuxet on June 11-13 for a “Mayflower 65th Celebration” weekend. The ship arrived on June 13, 1957, after sailing from the UK to Plymouth, Massachusetts. The weekend will include special programming, music, face painting for kids, and other family-friendly activities. A celebratory fundraiser cocktail party will take place on the evening of June 11. (Museum admission applies to visit the exhibit and board the ship.)