In the coming days, keep your eyes peeled on the Cape Cod Canal as the Mayflower II embarks on its journey home to Plimoth Patuxet Museums.

The historic reproduction of the ship that carried the Pilgrims back in the 1600s began its journey from Connecticut on Monday and is expected to pass by the SouthCoast on Wednesday afternoon.

Plimoth Patuxet Museums is an experience unlike any other. The 1600s are alive and well at this historic site in Plymouth. The museum explained that “it tells the story of the English colonists and the Pokanoket people creating a new life in the 17th century.”

The museum is home to several major exhibits, but the Mayflower II always gets the East Coast talking when the 65-year-old wooden vessel departs from Mystic Seaport and travels to its berth at the State Pier on the Plymouth waterfront each year. It spends the winter months in a dry dock at the Henry B. DuPont Preservation Shipyard at Mystic Seaport for routine maintenance and painting.

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According to a press release, the vessel will be towed by the tugboat, Jaguar, and is scheduled to pass through the Cape Cod Canal on Wednesday at approximately 2 p.m. It will arrive at Plymouth Harbor at approximately 5 p.m., depending on the tide, weather, conditions and other factors.

The museum expects to open the vessel to the public by Saturday, April 16.

I managed to catch a glimpse of the 106-foot ship last year and it reminded me of something out of a storybook. This ship certainly has a story to tell.

Track the Mayflower II’s progress along her journey and start planning your next trip to enjoy Plimoth Patuxet Museums’ 65th year.

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