Towed from Plymouth, Mass., the historic replica ship Mayflower II arrived at Mystic Seaport on Sunday for a restoration at the southeastern Connecticut museum’s Henry B. duPont Preservation Shipyard.
Restoration work will begin this month, honoring the Mayflower II‘s original construction and using traditional methods with the goal of restoring the ship to her original state when she arrived to Plymouth in 1957.
Inspections in 2013 revealed that Mayflower II is in need of a major refit, which is normal for a 57-year-old wooden ship. Plimoth Plantation recently completed major repairs to secure a safe condition for the ship to continue operations on the Plymouth waterfront. Those efforts were the initial steps toward addressing a long-term restoration plan, which will follow three phases: survey, document and restore.
If repairs go as planned, the Mayflower II is expected to return to Plymouth next May, according to Mystic Seaport.