When: July through August 2020
Where: Plymouth Harbor, Plymouth Massachusetts
We are delighted to announce that Mayflower II, our 64-year-old historic reproduction of the ship that brought the Pilgrims to the shores of historic Patuxet in 1620, will begin the voyage home to Massachusetts on July 20, 2020. The ship will depart Mystic Seaport Museum’s Henry B. duPont Preservation Shipyard at 9:00 a.m. under tow by the tugboat Jaguar, operated by Mitchell Towing in Fairhaven, Massachusetts. The public will not be able to view the departure from the museum; however, there are several vantage points along the ship’s route down the Mystic River. Spectators are asked to be mindful of local regulations and to practice physical distancing and mask-wearing for the safety of others.
Those wishing to track Mayflower can use the MarineTraffic app or website: www.marinetraffic.com
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MAYFLOWER IN NEW LONDON
Once in New London, Mayflower will be docked at the City Pier for just over two weeks. Whit Perry, Plimoth’s Director of Maritime Preservation & Operations and Mayflower's captain, will oversee a crew of 27. During their time in New London, the crew will conduct sea trials to test the ship’s performance and perform sail training to ensure safe operation underway. For the health and safety of the crew, the ship will not be available for public visitation until she is back home in Plymouth harbor.
“In a year marred by loss and great uncertainty in the world, we are hopeful that once again sailing Mayflower may offer a symbol of courage and perseverance to millions of people,” said Ellie Donovan, Plimoth’s Executive Director. “We will be forever grateful to Mystic Seaport Museum for their partnership on this remarkable restoration, and we are thrilled to bring Mayflower home to Plymouth in this 400th commemoration year.”
THE STORY SAILS ON
Further details regarding the remainder of Mayflower's voyage will be forthcoming. At this time, the ship is expected to arrive in Plymouth on or about August 10. All dates and times are subject to change based on tide and weather conditions as well as other factors that may affect the safety of the ship and crew.
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