Well, it was really its 64-year-old replica–the Mayflower II.
On Monday, August 10, the Mayflower II finally returned home to Plymouth after a month-long journey and extensive renovations. The 64-year-old vessel started is homeward journey earlier in July after spending three years in Mystic, CT, where it got $11.2 million renovations. On its way home, the Mayflower II stopped at several ports in Connecticut and Massachusetts including New London, CT and New Bedford, MA.
The event was organized by the Plimoth Patuxet organization to mark the 400-year anniversary of the pilgrims’ arrival in America. The Mayflower II sailed off on Monday morning at 9 am from the Massachusetts Maritime Academy in Bourne and arrived later the same day to Pilgrim Memorial State Park in Plymouth, at 3 pm. Check out some beautiful shots of its journey home below!
The Mayflower departed from the Massachusetts Maritime Academy in Bourne Monday Morning…
It was escorted by officers of the Massachusetts Environmental Police…
And the Plymouth Police!
On its journey home the vessels headed down the Cape Cod Canal and it was a stunning sight to behold!
Just watch as it makes its way gracefully down the canal!
[Featured image: @plymothpatuxet, Instagram]