Update - August 7th
Mayflower II has returned! She has returned to her berth on State Pier in downtown Plymouth. Please come and visit her and welcome her back home!
Thank you to all for your patience and ongoing support. Our fundraising for Mayflower II continues in anticipation of the 400th anniversary of the Pilgrim's landing on our shores.
If you've already donated, thank you. Please click HERE to donate and have your name added to our Virtual Passenger List!
Update -August 2013
We’re excited! Mayflower II is preparing for her journey home on August 7 around 12:00 p.m.!
She will be leaving Fairhaven at 5:00 a.m. and arriving at the Cape Cod Canal around 9:00 a.m. The journey through the canal will take approximately 45 minutes and Mayflower II is expected to arrive on the high tide in Plymouth Harbor around 12:00 p.m.
We invite you to join us for a special homecoming party- theCelebration Splash! Starting around nine AM on the Plymouth State Pier there will be live music, the Mayflower II Marketplace, colonial role-players, and a free Mayflower II commemorative gift for the first 500 people! Arrive early for the best view of the ship's arrival and continue the party at 2:00 p.m. at Nix's Plymouth Restaurant, Bar & Lounge where we will have trivia and prizes!
For the past seven months, Mayflower II has been undergoing extensive repairs in dry-dock, a restoration and preservation project that began this winter-work that will begin again this winter after the Museum closes for the season.
Between now and 2020, Mayflower II must be restored to its utmost glory to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the Pilgrims’ voyage. The magnitude of Mayflower II’s transatlantic voyage, her national recognition and her role as an icon of freedom and hope will ensure her upkeep. We’d like to thank everyone who has contributed so far to this effort; and plan to continue our fundraising efforts this year and next. We will not be able to reach this goal without your help.
Plimoth Plantation is committed to ensuring that Mayflower II will continue to inspire people for years to come, and the repairs of the past few months are the first phase of our ongoing restoration plan for the ship in preparation for the 400th anniversary of the Pilgrim’s arrival in 2020. The Museum would like to thank both the local and national communities for their patience in waiting for Mayflower II to return, and extend our gratitude to everyone who has supported this project to date. Please visit the SOS page for the date of the ship's return and schedule of events.
While you cannot visit Mayflower II quite yet in person, you can see her in the meantime on a recent episode of Chronicle by clicking here.
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