MYSTIC, Conn. (WTNH) – Today we’re Cruisin’ Connecticut to a historic vessel being brought on land at Mystic Seaport for a little handiwork.
The Mayflower II is an ode to the original that brought the Pilgrims to Plymouth in the year 1620. Mystic Seaport is lending its shipyard and restoration facilities to their friends at Plimoth Plantation to restore the wooden ship.
The Mayflower II was build in 1957 in England and given to America as a gift of appreciation for the United States’ help in WWII. As you can imagine, restoring a 60 year old wooden ship isn’t the easiest task.
With about a dozen workers expected to help restore the ship, one of the biggest challenges is actually sourcing and finding the wood that’s used in the vessel. One of the portions of the ship that Mystic Seaport is helping to restore is the “tween deck.”
Imagine on the original Mayflower, in 1620 there were 102 passengers all crammed in for 66 days. That must’ve been an enjoyable ride. There’s also a deck below the tween deck, that stored supplies. Anything you can think of you might need to start a new settlement in the new world, the Pilgrims would’ve had on the lower deck. Since those supplies aren’t aboard the Mayflower II, there’s 130 tons of lead and iron valance that helped keep the ship upright.
Visit Mystic Seaport to see the exterior restoration process of the ship. If you’re lucky, they might even give you a peek inside.