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THE MAYFLOWER II
Saturday, October 23, 2004
Highlights: Cool recreation of the original Mayflower, minus the rats and the gum bleeding scurvy.
Lowlights: It's not the original!!!
Location: State Pier on Cape Cod Bay, Plymouth, MA
Hours: 9am to 5pm, tickets sold until 4:45pm
Admission: $8 - adult, $6 - children (6-12), under 6 years - free
Access: By foot only, not wheelchair accessible.
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Operated by Pilmoth Plantation, Mayflower II is currently docked in Cape Code Bay in Plymouth, MA. Built by skilled shipwrights between 1955-57 in the town of Brixham, in Devon, England, the ship was given to the United States in 1957 as a gift from England. Their generous gift was delivered in old-school fashion, the English took her under sail from Plymouth, England to Plymouth, MA, retracing the historic, transatlantic voyage of the original Mayflower.
Since then, Mayflower II has been docked primarily in Cape Cod Bay and, for the past 48 years, has been operating as a floating museum. However, she has sailed on certain special occasions, including in 1992, when she led a procession of Tall Ships through Cape Cod Canal. When away from the dock, the ship is typically towed, because she lacks the modern conveniences of an engine.
On board the ship you'll find "role players" who are not only dressed in the period's clothing, but are also "in character". Talk with them about events that happened after 1620 and you'll only confuse them, for they truly live in the time of the Pilgrim. Their attitudes and beliefs also reflect the Pilgrim times, expect them to have viewpoints that are surpisingly prejudiced and intolerant.
Harrr Matie! Are you ready to learn more about The Mayflower II as well as a little history on the original Mayflower? Yes? Well shiver me timbers, let's get this ship tour started!
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