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Restored Mayflower Replica Returns Home To Plymouth Harbor

The Mayflower II, a replica of the original Mayflower ship that brought the Pilgrims to America 400 year ago, sails into Plymouth on Monday, Aug. 10, as it returns home following extensive renovations. (David Goldman/AP)
The Mayflower II, a replica of the original Mayflower ship that brought the Pilgrims to America 400 year ago, sails into Plymouth on Monday, Aug. 10, as it returns home following extensive renovations. (David Goldman/AP)

restored replica of the original Mayflower ship that brought the Pilgrims to America 400 years ago this year is home in Plymouth following extensive renovations.

The Mayflower II set off from the Massachusetts Maritime Academy in Bourne on Monday where it docked over the weekend, on its way to its berth at Pilgrim Memorial State Park in Plymouth.

The 64-year-old historic reproduction has spent the last three years in Mystic, Connecticut, getting $11.2 million in renovations.

The vessel, which was a gift from England in 1957, began the slow journey home last month making stops at other Connecticut and Massachusetts ports.

It stopped in New London, Connecticut as well as New Bedford, Massachusetts, but had to cancel a planned visit to Newport, Rhode Island because of new coronavirus-related travel restrictions imposed on that state.

A cruise into Boston Harbor alongside the USS Constitution was previously cancelled because of the pandemic.

The original return voyage had called for a celebratory departure in late April with several stops in New England ports before a May arrival in Plymouth.

See photos from the ship's arrival in Plymouth: 

The ship began the slow return home last month after spending the last three years in Mystic, Connecticut, getting $11.2 million worth of renovations. (David Goldman/AP)
The ship began the slow return home last month after spending the last three years in Mystic, Connecticut, getting $11.2 million worth of renovations. (David Goldman/AP)
A crowd welcomes the Mayflower II back to Plymouth. (David Goldman/AP)
A crowd welcomes the Mayflower II back to Plymouth. (David Goldman/AP)
A crowd watches as the Mayflower II sails into the harbor. (David Goldman/AP)
A crowd watches as the Mayflower II sails into the harbor. (David Goldman/AP)
The Mayflower II docks into Plymouth, Massachusetts. (David Goldman/AP)
The Mayflower II docks into Plymouth, Massachusetts. (David Goldman/AP)

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