Restored Mayflower replica returning to Plymouth


PLYMOUTH, Mass. (AP) — A restored replica of the original Mayflower ship that brought the Pilgrims to America 400 years ago this year is setting out on the final leg of its journey home.

The Mayflower II is expected to set off from the Massachusetts Maritime Academy in Bourne Monday where it docked over the weekend, on its way to its berth at Pilgrim Memorial State Park in Plymouth.

The 64-year-old historic reproduction has spent the last three years in Mystic, Connecticut, getting $11.2 million in renovations.

The vessel, which was a gift from England in 1957, began the slow journey home last month making stops at other Connecticut and Massachusetts ports.

It stopped in New London, Connecticut as well as New Bedford, Massachusetts, but had to cancel a planned visit to Newport, Rhode Island because of new coronavirus-related travel restrictions imposed on that state.

A cruise into Boston Harbor alongside the USS Constitution was previously cancelled because of the pandemic.

The original return voyage had called for a celebratory departure in late April with several stops in New England ports before a May arrival in Plymouth.