Mayflower's Homecoming Journey
The Story Sails On™
Mayflower II, Plimoth Plantation's fully restored 64-year-old reproduction of the ship that brought the Pilgrims to the shores of historic Patuxet in 1620, has begun her voyage home to Massachusetts! Stay up-to-date about the journey here as well as our social media sites. To support the museum’s fundraising efforts for the restoration of Mayflower and her shallop, please visit our campaign page or text MAYFLOWER to 313131.
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Mayflower II is a unique educational resource that allows us to better understand American history, from the complex and interwoven stories of the Indigenous people and the Pilgrims in the 1600s, to renewed international alliances during World War II, and the search for a better life that has inspired people for centuries. We are grateful to all whose generous support has enabled us to preserve those stories embodied in this historic ship.
Ellie Donovan, Executive Director, Plimoth Plantation
HOMECOMING! Plymouth, ma (August 10, 2020)
On August 10, Mayflower will depart Mass Maritime under tow at approximately 9:00 a.m. and make her way through the Cape Cod Canal. There are several vantage points along the ship’s route down the canal. Once she is through the Cape Cod Canal, Captain Perry may set sail if weather conditions permit. The ship will be towed at times. As time and weather allow the ship will sail off the Gurnet at approximately 1:00 p.m. Following any sailing that may take place, Mayflower will make her way into Plymouth Harbor under tow, arriving to the State Pier at DCR’s Pilgrim Memorial State Park at approximately 3:00 p.m.
Spectators at all points along the ship’s route and on the Plymouth waterfront are asked to be mindful of local regulations and to practice physical distancing and mask-wearing for the safety of others. Please follow Plimoth Plantation on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for images and video throughout the day, including live video when possible. In the days following the ship’s arrival, we will post videos and photo galleries to enjoy.
All times are approximate and subject to change based on weather, tide, wind and other factors that may impact the safety of the ship and the crew.
FOURTH LEG OF THE VOYAGE: BOURNE, MA (AUGUST 6 - 9, 2020)
The ship’s penultimate stop will be to the Massachusetts Maritime Academy, one of the Nation’s premier maritime colleges, where it is expected to arrive late in the day on August 8. “Massachusetts Maritime Academy is proud to welcome Capt. Perry, the Mayflower II, and her crew to Taylor's Point,” said Elizabeth Simmons, LP.D, Vice President of External Affairs. “Hosting the ship prior to her Plymouth arrival underscores the commitment that the Commonwealth’s Leadership University brings to maritime training and education.”
THIRD (CANCELED) LEG OF THE VOYAGE: NEWPORT, RI (AUGUST 4, 2020)
Mayflower II was scheduled to depart New Bedford's State Pier on Thursday morning, August 6, for a planned port visit to Newport's Fort Adams State Park. Due to Governor Baker's recent change to the pandemic-related restrictions on travel to states including Rhode Island, Plimoth Plantation decided out of an abundance of caution to keep Mayflower in New Bedford until the morning of August 6.
Second (UNANTICIPATED) LEG OF THE VOYAGE: NEW BEDFORD, MA (AUGUST 4, 2020 - AUGUST 6, 2020)
On August 4, with Tropical Storm Isaias looming, Captain Perry moved the ship to New Bedford’s State Pier which afforded greater protection from the weather. The crew continued sea trials in Buzzards Bay on August 6 and 7, accompanied as it has been throughout the journey by the tugboat Jaguar, operated by Fairhaven's Mitchell Towing. "Mayflower has performed exceptionally well underway, as has our fantastic sailing crew," according to Captain Whit Perry. "We are grateful for the warm reception and support we have received throughout our voyage, and we look forward to making our way home to Plymouth in the coming days."
FIRST LEG OF THE VOYAGE: New London, CT (July 20 - August 4, 2020)
On July 20, 2020, Mayflower II left Mystic Seaport Museum under tow for New London, Connecticut. Mayflower was docked at the City Pier for just over two weeks where Whit Perry, Plimoth’s Director of Maritime Preservation & Operations and Mayflower's captain, oversaw a crew of 27 who performed sea trials and sail training almost daily. During this leg of the voyage, Mayflower was honored to rendezvous with the United States Coast Guard Academy Barque EAGLE in Block Island Sound on July 30, 2020. EAGLE's CAPT Michael Turdo invited Captain Perry to meet for a brief sail, echoing the ships' 1957 meet up during the latter's transatlantic voyage to Plymouth.
The story sails on: Visit mayflower in plymouth
Mayflower II, docked at her berth on Plymouth's historic waterfront as of August 10, will open to the public on August 12. In order to manage capacity and wellness protocols, tickets will be timed. We encourage you to purchase your tickets in advance online. Masks or face coverings are required for all staff and visitors. Plimoth’s waterfront Museum Shops are stocked with Mayflower souvenirs and are open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., as well as online at www.plimoth.com. The Plimoth Grist Mill, located at 6 Spring Lane in Plymouth, is a 10-minute walk through Brewster Gardens along Town Brook and is also open for visitors!
For b-roll, images, and interview requests, please contact Kate Sheehan, Plimoth’s Associate Director of Marketing, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Note that due to pandemic-related safety restrictions, media access to the ship and crew will be limited and must be coordinated through Plimoth’s Media Relations department.
MAYFLOWER'S HOmeCOMING JOURNEY Sponsors
Many thanks to our generous sponsors - you put wind in our sails!