Mayflower II Travels Through Cape Cod Canal En Route to Plymouth

CCB MEDIA PHOTO: The Mayflower II travels through the Cape Cod Canal Monday on its way to Plymouth

CCB MEDIA PHOTO: The Mayflower II travels through the Cape Cod Canal Monday on its way to Plymouth

PLYMOUTH – The replica of the ship that brought the Pilgrims to the New World returned home to Plymouth Harbor Monday after spending the winter in Mystic, Connecticut.

The Mayflower II, which is turning 60 years old soon, sailed back after having some work on its half deck done and other repairs at the Mystic Seaport’s Henry B. DuPont Preservation Shipyard.

“People miss her when she’s gone, she is essential to the waterfront and the shop owners are really excited to have her back,” said Plimoth Plantation spokesperson Kate Sheehan last week.

“Our visitors and guests are excited to have her back, and we know that she will be well received when she comes home.”

The ship left Mystic under tow on Sunday and spent last night in New Bedford before making its way through the Cape Cod Canal Monday and into Plymouth Harbor.

The ship will return to Mystic in December for more repairs and will be there for 30 months in preparation of Plymouth’s 400th anniversary celebration in 2020.

“Mayflower II is an essential exhibit of Plimoth Plantation and she’s also an economic and cultural anchor in the Plymouth waterfront,” said Sheehan.

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