Mayflower II

Mayflower II at Pilgrim Memorial State Park pier in Plymouth MA

Step onto a full-scale reproduction of the tall ship that brought the Pilgrims to Plymouth in 1620. Costumed role-players tell you about their perilous journey across the Atlantic, while modern guides speak about the fascinating history of Mayflower and Mayflower II. Learn about the Mayflower Compact and how America's constitutional tradition began shipboard almost 400 years ago. Reflect on your own family's immigration story on one of the world's oldest wooden vessels that still sails today.

Like most people, I was immediately struck by how small the ship seemed - particularly in the 'tween decks, where the passengers were confined. How could 102 people, including three pregnant mothers, have survived more than ten weeks in a space this size?

Nathaniel Philbrick,
"At Sea with the Pilgrims: Writing About the Voyage of the Mayflower"
Plimoth Life, 2007