SANDWICH – There were adoring crowds lined up along the banks of the Cape Cod Canal Monday to witness the voyage of the Mayflower II on its way back to Plymouth after three years of renovations in Mystic, Connecticut.
The original voyage of the Mayflower in 1620 was not greeted by adoring crowds along the Cape Cod Canal, which, of course, had not been built. Things change in 400 years. The ship, a historic replica built in 1957, has just undergone $11 million in renovations.
The Mayflower II, with a crew of 27, traveled through the canal surrounded by an armada of boats on its way from its weekend stop at Massachusetts Maritime Academy in Buzzards Bay to its final destination in Plymouth.
The boat was supposed to return to Plymouth in April but logistic complications of the Covid-19 pandemic delayed the journey. Monday’s journey from the MMA to Plymouth was the final leg of the trip home, which began last month.
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