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Mayflower II, Plimoth Plantation’s 1957 replica of the ship that carried the Pilgrims to Massachusetts in 1620, returned to Mystic Seaport on November 2 to continue preservation work at the Museum’s Henry B. duPont Preservation Shipyard.
Mystic Seaport shipwrights and Plimoth Plantation maritime artisans are collaborating on the third phase of the multi-year preservation initiative for the near 60-year-old ship. The ship is being prepared for the commemoration of the Pilgrims’ arrival 400 years ago in 2020. Unlike past years, Mayflower II will not return to Plymouth in the spring. The ship will remain at Mystic Seaport for a period of 30 months.
The Shipyard’s first task is to begin the process of down-rigging and removing more than 50 tons of steel and lead ballast from the hold. After that, she will be hauled out of the water and moved to a location in the yard where the majority of the work will take place. Mayflower II will be available to view in the Shipyard, but visitors will not be able to go aboard due to the nature of the work being done to the vessel.