Replica of Mayflower undergoing extensive repairs
In this Sept. 9, 2008 file photo, a replica of the Mayflower ship sits docked in Plymouth, Mass. The 56-year-old Mayflower II is undergoing major repairs at the shipyard in Fairhaven, Mass. (© AP Photo/Lisa Poole, File)
PLYMOUTH, Mass. (AP) -- A replica of the ship that brought the Pilgrims to the New World nearly 400 years ago is undergoing major repairs.
The 56-year-old Mayflower II was brought to dry dock in Fairhaven, Mass., in December for routine maintenance and inspection. During that work, it was discovered that the wooden vessel needed repairs to its frame that could not be deferred.
The work is necessary to keep the ship seaworthy and to meet Coast Guard regulations. This work was originally planned for a later phase of the ship's restoration plan.
Once the work is completed in May, the Mayflower II will return to the Plymouth waterfront as part of the Plimoth Plantation living-history museum.
The ship is a full-scale reproduction of the Mayflower, which sailed from England to Plymouth, Mass., in 1620.
Virginia Dare was the daughter of Elinor Dare. They were part of the Roanoake Colony, which was established BEFORE Jamestown. The colonists disappeared, and the mystery of what happened to them has never been solved. VIRGINIA (the state, or territory as it was at that time) was named after Queen Elizabeth I, The Virgin Queen. The child, Virginia Dare, was named after the territory--and the Queen. The passengers on the Mayflower were either "Saints," who came for religious reasons, or "Strangers," who came for other reasons. They were added to the passenger list after it was determined that the Mayflower's sister ship, the Speedwell, would be unable to make the voyage. Many of the people on the original Mayflower passenger list decided not to make the voyage at that time. The "Strangers" took their places. However, the term "Pilgrim" is used for ALL the passengers on that first voyage.