Mayflower II Returns to Plymouth Today
It was over 400 years ago the Mayflower landed in Plymouth bringing Pilgrims to America. Today the replica of the original Mayflower, the Mayflower II, will be docking at Pilgrim Memorial State Park in Plymouth today after spending the last 3-years being renovated in Mystic Connecticut.
The renovation project on the 64-year old replica was reported to cost over 11-million dollars. It traveled from Mystic to New London and was on the way to a scheduled stop in Newport, Rhode Island but was scrapped because of the travel restrictions required for anyone visiting the state.
The Mayflower II did make an unscheduled stop at the State Pier in New Bedford to seek protection from the oncoming Tropical Storm Isaias that rolled through New England last week. The ship’s return to Plymouth was originally scheduled for May but was delayed because of the pandemic.
The Massachusetts State Police posted the picture on this post as it is helping escort the Mayflower II through the Mass waterway on its way back to Plymouth.
The post below is from the Mass State Police Facebook page…
The Massachusetts State Police Marine Unit had a very special mission today. MSP boat Marine 9 escorted the Mayflower II from Massachusetts Maritime Academy, where the ship was docked over the weekend, to her home berth at Pilgrim Memorial State Park in Plymouth. The trip was the final leg of Mayflower II's journey home after undergoing a three-year, $11.2 million restoration in Mystic, Connecticut. The 64-year-old vessel is a replica of the ship that brought the Pilgrims to America 400 years ago this December. It was an honor to escort this remarkable symbol of the brave men, women, and children who set foot on our shores four centuries ago and helped plant the seeds of democracy in what would become this great country.