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This Plymouth waterfront landmark is back in place. Where has it been?
This Plymouth waterfront landmark is back in place. Where has it been?
This Plymouth waterfront landmark is back in place. Where has it been?

Published on: 04/11/2024

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PLYMOUTH – The Mayflower II is safely back home in Plymouth after spending months out of state for restorations and repairs. 

The replica of the ship that carried the Pilgrims across the Atlantic over 400 years ago made the approximately nearly 26-hour journey back from Mystic Seaport in Connecticut. 

It had been undergoing works there at the Henry B. duPont Preservation Shipyard since December 2023. The ship has gone out several times over the last 20 years for maintenance.

It docked in Plymouth shortly after noon Thursday, April 11, after departing from Connecticut at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 10, according to the Marine Traffic page, which provided real-time updates of the ship’s journey home. 

Spectators gathered early Thursday morning as the ship passed through the Cape Cod Canal in foggy weather around 7:15, according to the Cape Cod Times.

The 102-foot wooden vessel did not use its sails for the journey. Instead, it was towed the entire way by Stasinos Marine out of Weymouth. It was expected to be crewed by the Plimoth Patuxet maritime preservation and operations team led by Capt. Whit Perry.

Plimoth Patuxet Museums manages the ship. 

The 67-year-old wooden vessel was designed by MIT-trained naval architect William Avery Baker for Plimoth Plantation (Plimoth Patuxet Museum’s former name). The ship was built in 1955-57 in Brixham, England. 

The Mayflower II is a historical reproduction of the original Mayflower that sailed in 1620.  

The Mayflower II's page on the Plimoth Patuxet website says that the differences between the two ships include a large staircase between the main deck and the lower decks, electric lights illuminating the dark corners of the lower deck and other safety and comfort modifications.  

The ship was named to the National Register of Historic Places for its historical importance, citing its connection to the origins of the United States as a nation and its status as a full-scale vessel with the features of a 17th-century English merchant vessel on Oct. 22, 2020. 

The Mayflower II docked at the Frazier Memorial State Pier at the Pilgrim Memorial State Park on Plymouth's waterfront. will be open from 9a.m. to 5 p.m. daily beginning Saturday, April 13, 

The prices of admission to the vessel are $19 for adults, $13 for children and $17.10 for seniors, 

For more information, visit Plimoth.org

David R. Smith is a reporter for The Patriot Ledger. He can be reached at [email protected]

Old Colony Memorial reporter Rin Velasco contributed to this report. She can be reached at [email protected].

News Source : https://www.patriotledger.com/story/news/2024/04/11/mayflower-ii-returns-to-plymouth-ma/73285011007/

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