Mayflower II sails through Cape Cod Canal on journey from Mystic Seaport Museum to Plymouth

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BOURNE — Mayflower II, the historic reproduction of the ship that brought the Pilgrims to the shores of historic Patuxet in 1620, passed through Cape Cod Canal at about 2 p.m. Wednesday and was due to arrive in Plymouth Harbor a few hours later.

Mayflower II left Mystic Seaport Museum Monday to head back to the State Pier in Plymouth. The 65-year-old wooden vessel spent the winter in dry dock at the Henry B. DuPont Preservation Shipyard at Mystic Seaport in Connecticut for routine maintenance and painting, according to the Plimoth Patuxet Museums' website.

The public can check out the spruced up vessel in Plymouth on Saturday, April 16 at 9 a.m. The museum is also offering a “Mayflower 65th Celebration” weekend June 11-13.

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BOURNE -- 04/13/22 -- The tugboat Jaguar leads the Mayflower II through the Cape Cod Canal Wednesday afternoon.
BOURNE -- 04/13/22 -- The tugboat Jaguar leads the Mayflower II through the Cape Cod Canal Wednesday afternoon.

The weekend will include music, face painting for kids and other family-friendly activities, according to the website. A celebratory fundraiser cocktail party will happen June 11.

The original ship arrived on June 13, 1957, after sailing from the UK to Plymouth.

Check out the Plimoth Patuxet Museums’ Facebook page for photos of the ship from various stages of its journey: www.facebook.com/PlimothPatuxet.

Learn more about the Pilgrims' miserable two-month journey in cramped quarters aboard the Mayflower.

This article originally appeared on Cape Cod Times: Mayflower II sails through Cape Cod Canal on its way to Plymouth