The Mayflower II made a rare spring sail on March 11 as part of a new documentary film being produced by Steeplechase Films and filmmaker Ric Burns. The large-scale production, which tells the story of the Pilgrims journey to America, is expected to air on PBS’ American Experience in November
Plimoth Plantation is one of the primary locations for the project. The museum’s Mayflower II, a replica of the 17th-century merchant ship Mayflower that brought the Pilgrims to Plymouth in 1620, will have a key presence in the film. Fully rigged and under sail, the ship and crew of costumed interpreters will portray scenes from the transatlantic journey and arrival in the new world. Mayflower II has not sailed since 2007 for the ship’s 50th anniversary. The museum’s English Village and Wampanoag exhibits are also included in the film.
Watch a video of repairs being made to the Mayflower II in 2013 at the Fairhaven Shipyard.