The Mayflower II, the historic reproduction of the ship that carried Pilgrims to the shores of Massachusetts in 1620, is due to return to Plymouth on Wednesday.
The 65-year-old wooden vessel spent the winter months in drydock at the Henry B. DuPont Preservation Shipyard at Mystic Seaport in Mystic, Connecticut, for routine maintenance and painting.
It left Mystic Seaport on Monday afternoon and is expected to cross the Cape Cod Canal around 2 p.m. Wednesday and arrive in Plymouth Harbor around 5 p.m.
However, the ship’s travel schedule could change, as it depends on tide, weather conditions and other factors.
It’s been just over 400 years since the Pilgrims first landed in Plymouth, but the real full story isn’t necessarily what you’ve learned from the history books. Plymouth 400 set out to tell the full story, including the pain and suffering of the Wampanoag people and the stain of slavery on Massachusetts’ past. Of course, there is also the historical pride, as the Pilgrims established Plymouth Colony.
The 106ft vessel is accompanied by museum staff Plimoth Patuxet and is towed by the Jaguar tug, operated by Mitchell Towing from Fairhaven.
Plimoth Patuxet said he plans to open the Mayflower II to the public on Saturday April 16 at 9 a.m.
You can follow the Mayflower II’s progress throughout its journey here and check for updates on the Plimoth Patuxet Facebook page.