Mayflower II in Mystic for the Winter
Plimoth Plantation’s Mayflower II, a 57-year-old replica of the ship that carried the Pilgrims to this continent, arrived in Mystic, CT, on Sunday, 14 December. Once the ship is settled in, Paul Haley of Capt. G.W. Full & Associates will be carrying out a full marine survey to evaluate her condition; the ballast material will be removed completely for the first time since the vessel’s launch in order to get a good look at the bilge area. Once the full extent of Mayflower II‘s refit needs have been evaluated, the first stage of work will begin, at the Henry B. duPont Preservation Shipyard at Mystic Seaport. In the spring, she will return to Plimoth Plantation, returning to Mystic for further work at the end of the 2015 season. Plimoth hopes to have all of the work completed in time for the 2020 anniversary of the original Mayflower‘s journey to North America.