Journey of Mayflower II
More than 50 years ago, a dream became a reality as Mayflower II sailed from Brixham, England to Plymouth, Massachusetts. There were no motors nor chase boats; only wind, sails and brave sailors successfully sailed this full-scale reproduction of the original Mayflower that brought the Pilgrims to New England in 1620.
This web adventure is dedicated to those daring souls who believed in this dream and made it a reality. We invite you to explore with the same sense of adventure that fueled the Pilgrims and the 1957 crew, as they made their famous transatlantic journeys. Guided by the 1957 ships’ log, we have recreated the sailors’ historic voyage using anecdotes and artifacts, as well as vintage and contemporary video clips, to illustrate the unique endeavor of the very special crew of Mayflower II.
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Mayflower II Reading and Resources
Information for the Journey of the Mayflower II pages has been drawn from letters, newspaper clippings and materials in Plimoth Plantation’s Mayflower II archives, unpublished journals kept by members of the 1957 crew, and the published works listed below. The video clips have been selected from 2006 interviews with Mayflower II crewmembers recorded as part of the Mayflower II Oral History Project.
Baker, William A. “The Arrangement and Construction of Early Seventeenth-Century Ships.” The American Neptune 15(4). October 1955.
Baker, William A. “Early Seventeenth-Century Ship Design.” The American Neptune 14(4): 262-277. October 1954.
Baker, William A. The Mayflower and Other Colonial Vessels. London: Conway Maritime Press, 1983.
Baker, William A. “The Mayflower Problem.” The American Neptune. 14(1): 5-17. January 1954.
Baker, William A. The New Mayflower: Her Design and Construction. Barre: Barre Gazette, 1958.
Bromund, Ted R. “‘This Somewhat Embarrassing Ship’: The British Foreign Office and Mayflower II, 1954-1957.” The New England Quarterly 72(1): 42-60. March 1999.
Charlton, Warwick. The Second Mayflower Adventure. Boston: Little, Brown & Co., 1957.
Curtin, Ted, and James W. Baker. Mayflower II: Plimoth Plantation. Little Compton: Fort Church Publishers, 1993.
Edey, Maitland, and Gordon Tenney. “A Mayflower Sails into Today.” Life. 42(24): 19-37. 17 June 1957.
Padfield, Peter. The Sea is a Magic Carpet. London: Peter Davies, 1959.
Ronnberg, Erik A. R., Jr. William Avery Baker: A Tribute from His Friends. New Bedford: New Bedford Whaling Museum, 1982.
Upham, Stuart A. The Illustrated Story of How Mayflower II Was Built. Plymouth: Plimoth Plantation, 1963.
Villiers, Alan. Give Me a Ship to Sail. New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1959.
Villiers, Alan. “How We Sailed Mayflower II to America.” National Geographic 112(5): 627-672. November 1957.
Villiers, Alan. The New Mayflower. New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1958.
Villiers, Alan. “We’re Coming over on the Mayflower.” National Geographic 111(5): 708-728. May 1957.
Worcester, G. R. G. “The Society’s Annual Lecture: The Voyage of Mayflower II.” Mariner’s Mirror 44(2): 91-3. 1958.