The Mayflower II pulled up to the State Pier Tuesday morning to ride out Tropical Storm Isaias, and the replica of the original Pilgrim-toting vessel drew a steady stream of curious onlookers all day.

The storm is expected to hit the region later today with sustained winds of 25 mph and potential wind gusts of over 50 mph, and Captain Whit Perry decided to pull into the Port of New Bedford instead of traveling to Newport as planned.

The finely-crafted vessel is ultimately bound for Plymouth to help celebrate the 400th anniversary of the landing of the Pilgrims in 1620. It is fresh from a three-year, $11 million renovation at Mystic Seaport in Connecticut.

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