Mayflower II Restoration

Mayflower II is owned by Plimoth Plantation and is undergoing a multi-year restoration in the Henry B. duPont Preservation Shipyard at Mystic Seaport. The restoration of the nearly 60-year-old wooden ship is being carried out over several years with the project scheduled for completion in 2019. The purpose is to prepare the ship for the 400th anniversary in 2020 of the Pilgrims’ arrival in 1620.

Updates on the restoration project are featured below.

The Cover Comes Off

After nearly 3 years hidden under a large tent in the Shipyard, crews this week disassembled the structure that has sheltered MAYFLOWER II during its restoration.


The ship was hauled out of the water in the Shipyard so restoration work can begin in earnest.

MAYFLOWER II Departure from Plymouth


The reproduction of the ship that carried the Pilgrims to Massachusetts will begin a 30-month restoration period in the Shipyard.

MAYFLOWER II passes through the highway bridge in downtown Mystic shortly before tying up at Mystic Seaport. Photo by Andy Price


The ship will spend the winter undergoing restoration work in our Shipyard.

A closeup of the bow of the MAYFLOWER II under restoration in the Mystic Seaport shipyard. (d2015-04-0298)

MAYFLOWER II to Depart May 16

Plimoth Plantation and Mystic Seaport announced that MAYFLOWER II is scheduled to depart for Plymouth on May 16.