Mayflower Replica Receives Restoration Funds

The Mayflower II in Plymouth Harbor
The Mayflower II in Plymouth Harbor. Photos/New England Boating/Tom Richardson.

Plimoth Plantation has received $2 million in funding for the restoration of Mayflower II as part of the new fiscal year budget signed by Massachusetts Governor Duval Patrick.

Mayflower captain Peter Arenstam in front of the Mayflower II when  the ship was  undergoing previous restoration work in 2013.
Mayflower captain Peter Arenstam in front of the Mayflower II when the ship was undergoing previous restoration work in 2013.

The iconic ship is a centerpiece exhibit of Plimoth Plantation and one of the Commonwealth’s leading tourism attractions, drawing millions of people from around the world to learn about the Pilgrims and the United States’ early Colonial history. The significant restoration of the 57-year-old wooden ship is scheduled for completion by 2020, the 400th anniversary of the Pilgrims’ arrival.

Funding will be used to complete an extensive round of repairs and restoration including replacing several planks, frames, and knees sourced from rare white oak. Further plans are to rebuild the topside half-deck, repair the transom, poop deck, and starboard half-deck. Gangway improvements, hemp-line rigging, sail replacement, and new paint are also planned.

Mayflower II was a gift to the people of the United States from the people of England in appreciation of America’s assistance during World War II.