Over the next several years, Plimoth Plantation will work fervently to restore Mayflower II to its utmost glory for the 400th anniversary of the Pilgrims’ voyage, seeking funding and rallying community support. Where there is a will, there is a way, and the magnitude of Mayflower II’s transatlantic voyage, national recognition, and place in Plymouth’s family, will ensure her upkeep. We're sending out an S.O.S. – “Save our Ship.” A ship that has given the world so much needs your gift of support– and every little bit helps.
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Update - May 2013
It's been a busy month for Mayflower II. Museum Maritime Artisans have been spending most of their time working on the ship in Fairhaven, Massachusetts, alongside the shipyard crew. Work is progressing, and we look forward to Mayflower’s speedy return to Plymouth Harbor this summer. Museum staff also organized a dry-dock tour this spring, and were delighted to welcome to the tour 1957 Mayflower II cabin boy Joe Meany. You can read about the tour and see the ship under repair by clicking here. To see more of “Mayflower II in the Media”, click on any of the links at the bottom of this page.
The ship's return has been further postponed as staff and the shipyard search for additional sources of white oak - needed to maintain the ship's historical accuracy. White oak of a specific length and width (scarce when the ship was built in 1955, even harder to locate in 2013) is needed not only to finish the repairs this season, but to store for upcoming restoration work over the next several years.
If you know of a source of white oak- please contact Plimoth Plantation's PR Manager Sarah MacDonald. If you’d like to make a gift of support for the project, click here, or call or email Courtney Roy-Branigan, Director of Development, at 508-746-1622, Ext. 8203.
The Museum is grateful to everyone who has supported this project to date, and we hope you will join us to welcome Mayflower II back to Plymouth. Please visit this page often for updates.
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