The Mayflower II Heading Back to Home Port
The global pandemic may have halted this year's planned commemorative events for the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower voyage and Pilgrims' landing in Plymouth, Massachusetts; however, it cannot stop the Mayflower II from returning to her home port.
Plimoth Plantation announced this week that the Mayflower II, its 64-year-old reproduction of the original vessel that carried the Pilgrims to the New World, will begin her voyage home to Plymouth from Mystic, Connecticut on Monday, July 20th, 2020. She is expected to arrive on August 10th.
The ship has been in Mystic undergoing a historic restoration since November 2016. Next week, the Mayflower will depart Mystic Seaport Museum's Henry B. duPont Preservation Shipyard at 9:00 AM on Monday. From there, the ship will head to New London, Connecticut, where she will be docked for two weeks for sea trials and sail training, led by Plimoth's Director of Maritime Preservation and Operations, and Mayflower captain, Whit Perry.
For the health and safety of the crew, the ship will not be available for public visitation until she is back in Plymouth Harbor, which is expected to be around August 10th. However, dates and times are subject to change based on tide and weather conditions, and other factors that may affect the safety of the ship and crew.
The initial departure from the museum will not be open to the public; however, spectators are welcome to access several vantage points along the ship's route down the Mystic River. Spectators are asked to be mindful of local regulations, practice social distancing, and wear masks.
If you would like to track the Mayflower's journey online, you may follow the route using the MarineTraffic app or website: www.marinetraffic.com. For more on the Mayflower's return, visit Plimoth.org.