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About this project
Mayflower II is a full-scale reproduction of the ship that brought the Pilgrims across the Atlantic in 1620. A gift from the English people to commemorate the US-British alliance during World War II, the ship symbolizes the ancient ties of kinship that exist between our two nations.
Sailed from England to Massachusetts in 1957, the ship is an iconic symbol of freedom. Under the careful stewardship of Plimoth Plantation, Mayflower II has delighted visitors from near and far for over 60 years.
The time has come to preserve and protect Mayflower II for future generations to learn from and enjoy. Through this Kickstarter campaign, Plimoth Plantation hopes to raise $250,000 in support of the restoration and preservation of the ship. In the spirit that Mayflower II is everybody’s ship and belongs to the Nation, our backers will have the chance to be a part of this historic project.
$250,000 will cover a portion of the costs of labor and materials needed for the restoration.
These are a few of the skilled people who we have brought on board to restore Mayflower II:
You name it, we need it! Wood, rope, tar, sailcloth, ballast and more. Only with your help will we be able to buy the materials we need to "float the boat!"
Mayflower II embodies the stories and spirit of so many who see themselves in the immigrant journey she symbolizes.
That perilous crossing in autumn of 1620 represents the birthplace of our Nation’s constitutional tradition. Did you know that it was on the original ship that the Mayflower Compact was signed, our first “civil body politic”?
Renowned Naval architect William Avery Baker of M.I.T. (i.e. ‘wicked smaht’ guy), researched and designed the ship which was constructed at Upham Shipyard in Brixham, England between 1955 and 1957 using carefully researched methods and materials.
Mayflower II is the same size as the original Mayflower and true to the look and spirit of the original. No other ship today can make this claim!
Sailed across the Atlantic in 1957 by a crew of 33 and accompanied by a LIFE magazine writer and photographer, she arrived to great fanfare and celebration by thousands of spectators, including Vice President Richard Nixon and Senator John F. Kennedy. Completing this restoration means she will be able to sail again!
Nearly 25 million people have stepped aboard since 1957. Mayflower II plays an essential role on the historic Plymouth waterfront, serving as a “floating classroom” where thousands of schoolchildren and visitors every year are educated, inspired and entertained. What a wonderful way to learn about history!
The story of the Mayflower remains a powerful, tangible piece of American history to all who encounter her through books, films, and most often, through a visit to Plimoth Plantation and Mayflower II.
In 2013, routine work revealed deeper challenges to the ship’s frame that could not be deferred to a later stage in the ship’s already existing restoration plan. Work (and fundraising!) began immediately.
The restoration plan includes three phases—stabilization, major restoration and ongoing support and repairs. Some work has already been completed over the last two winters; the remaining work requires the ship to be in dry dock over a period of at least 30 months at Mystic Seaport’s Henry B. duPont Preservation Shipyard. It is this remaining work that we are fundraising for today.
In total, the project requires $12 million, which includes a reserve fund for future maintenance needs. $7.5 million is needed before the end of the 2016 in order to proceed with the final phase of restoration. A significant amount has already been raised. Plimoth Plantation will continue to solicit support from individuals, foundations and government agencies to ensure the goal will be met.
For the stories she tells, for the hope she inspires, for the freedoms she represents, and for the education she provides, Mayflower II is worth saving. Be a part of history! Help us save this national treasure!
Risks and challenges
Every possible challenge has been carefully considered and contingencies have been put in place to minimize any impediment to our success. Plimoth Plantation has been a careful and diligent steward of Mayflower II for nearly 60 years. The Museum has continually invested in her ongoing maintenance since she arrived in Plymouth in 1957. We are aware that we are the caretakers of a national treasure and are committed to keeping her afloat for future generations to learn from and enjoy.
With almost 70 years’ experience as the Nation's premier living history museum focused on America’s early foundation, Plimoth Plantation has some of the best and brightest staff and volunteers ready and willing to complete the restoration once funding is completed. Our partners at Mystic Seaport will provide the restoration services and expertise to ensure that we can successfully complete the project over the next two years.
Thank you for showing your support for Mayflower II by shouting "ahoy" for all to hear at this level! We'll help you spread the word further by sending a "Float the Boat" wristband for you to wear proudly!
Calling all John Howland descendants (ahem, Alec Baldwin)! We know YOU know how important rigging is. John fell over the side of Mayflower in 1620 but held onto the rigging and was rescued ... and here you are today. This level gets you a Mayflower hand towel to dry off with as well as a Mayflower mug to fill with something warm and delicious!
As a Second Mate, we want you to look snazzy when the repairs are finished and Mayflower II sails back to Plymouth, so we'll send supporters at this level a Mayflower II baseball cap! You can even select your color (Navy, Rose, or Khaki). Looking sharp!
NEW REWARD JUST ADDED! The Mayflower Messenger level gets you a wonderful glass Mayflower II in a bottle! Display this proudly in your home or office and know that you have played a part in sharing good news from New England!
Did you know there was a surgeon on the Mayflower? His name was Giles Heale, and in honor of his care of the ship's passengers and crew, we're offering a three-handled, 17th-century reproduction drinking cup! Each one is hand-crafted at Plimoth Plantation.
Designed by Cape Cod-based graphic artist Vinnie Arnone (Cabo Cado), this limited edition 9x12 print celebrates Mayflower II in the style of vintage travel posters of decades past. Signed and numbered by the artist, only 100 of these vibrant pieces will be printed -- on 100% recycled, uncoated paper. Don't miss out on a future collector's item! (This print ships unframed.)
One of the most important jobs on the crew is that of the ship's cook! On any given day at sea you may be doling our rations, soaking salt meat and of course, cooking VAST quantities of food for passengers and crew alike. Supporters at this level will receive an assortment of Mayflower II goodies! A Mayflower mug, a Float the Boat wristband, a copy of our popular cookbook (Giving Thanks) AND a box of our best-selling homemade New England fudge!
Guarantee your seat on an extremely limited Plymouth Harbor Cruise on Captain John Whale Watching Tours to see Mayflower II off for the final time until her triumphant return in 2019! When you board, you’ll receive a “Save Our Ship” grocery tote and a box of our homemade fudge for the voyage.
(NOTE: This cruise is scheduled to take November 1, 2016 at 11:00 am, subject to change dependent on weather and tide – confirmations or adjustments will be sent via email in advance).
Maybe you'd prefer to be one of the famous Pilgrims who sailed on Mayflower in 1620? Come aboard at this level and have the distinction of being one of only 102 "passengers," and receive a gorgeous Mayflower II cozy throw blanket!
You'll get rewards for the whole family at this level to sustain you on your journey ... a firkin of butter, a cone of sugar, wax candles...
Whoops! Sorry, we were reading the 17th-century list of suggested items to bring if you plan to travel on Mayflower!
For your modern-day journeys, we'll send you a sturdy Mayflower tote, a copy of our annual magazine (Plimoth Life), a box of Plimoth Plantation fudge, a beautifully illustrated museum guidebook, and some of our hand-dipped wax candles made by our chandler right here at Plimoth Plantation. Enjoy!
Do you love wooden ships? Are you fascinated by the Mayflower II story or are you just curious about how Plimoth Plantation is restoring the ship? Supporters at this level will receive a personal call from a member of the ship's crew to update you on the restoration, as well as a Save Our Ship t-shirt and baseball cap!
Did you know one of the most important events in American history happened on board the Mayflower? The Mayflower Compact is widely believed to have influenced the Constitution of the United States. Donors at this level will have the opportunity to speak to one of the signers of the Compact (by Skype or phone) direct from the 17th century! We'll also send you a copy of the Compact as well as a quill and parchment set so you can add your signature too!
This level will really put the wind in your sails! Give at this level and receive an authentic piece of Mayflower II sailcloth. Each piece measures approximately 6" X 8" and is stamped with the official Mayflower II logo. Ready for framing and extremely limited!
In 1957, before Mayflower II was launched, a call was put out looking for sailors who had experience sailing square riggers. These rare individuals jumped at the opportunity to take part in what was sure to be a historic journey. Supporters at this level will receive a limited edition handmade Mayflower II plate! We'll also send you some sweet gear to wear around the docks - a Mayflower II baseball cap and t-shirt!
This level was inspired by YOU - the backer! Designed to appeal to the "Jack of all Trades", this level gets you a whole tote bag of fabulous rewards! You'll receive a Mayflower II ship model in a bottle, a lovely Mayflower coffee mug, official Mayflower II cap (your choice of three colors) AND one of our handy Mayflower dishtowels! We'll also throw in a few special extra treats before we ship your reward to you!
Out on the deck on a chilly autumn evening looking for the North star? You'll need your authentic wool sailor's mittens to keep your hands warm. Hand-knit at Plimoth Plantation, your new mittens will will be the talk of town! We'll include a matching knit cap AND send along 5 passes to visit Plimoth Plantation as well as a selection of delicious (and educational) treats. Get ready to navigate your way through history!
Supporters at this level will really help us chart the course! As a thank you for your visionary support, you'll receive a lifetime membership to Plimoth Plantation! We'll also send you a commemorative piece of wood from Mayflower II's restoration. Limited and unique!
Give at this level and receive a signed DVD of Ric Burns' documentary "The Pilgrims" (showcasing beautiful footage of Mayflower II under sail) and an authentic piece of Mayflower II sailcloth. Each piece measures approximately 6" X 8" and is stamped with the official Mayflower II logo!
Support the restoration of Mayflower II and we'll send you a gorgeous canvas tote FULL of Mayflower-inspired memorabilia and a commemorative model of Mayflower II mounted on a piece of wood from the ship.
AND, expect a personal call from Mayflower II's Captain, Whit Perry, to update you on the restoration progress.
Supporters at this level will have a place of honor in the Master's Cabin! As a thank you for your contribution you will receive:
- VIP seating for 2 at a 2019 Mayflower II return celebration event
- A lifetime family membership to Plimoth Plantation
- A unique, handrafted commemorative piece made from Mayflower II wood
- Donor recognition on the exhibit wall at Mayflower II for years to come
PLUS: DIRECT from the 17th century, expect a call/Skype session with "Governor William Bradford" of Plimoth Colony thanking you personally for helping to save Mayflower!
As a thank you for your generous contribution and visionary leadership, you will receive:
- Opportunity to host an intimate private evening dockside reception at Mayflower II for 12 in 2020 or 2021 (certain restrictions apply- see the FAQ section for more information)!
-VIP seating for 2 at Mayflower II's return celebration event (2019)
- A lifetime family membership to Plimoth Plantation
- Donor recognition on the exhibit wall at Mayflower II for years to come
PLUS: expect a call/Skype session with David Thorpe, a member of the original 1957 Mayflower II crew, and learn first-hand about sailing aboard this iconic vessel!