The Restoration of Mayflower II

For “Handmade in New England” (season 4, episode 7), just in time for the 400th anniversary of the Pilgrims’ landing in the New World, Weekends with Yankee traveled to Mystic, Connecticut, where co-host Richard Wiese hopped aboard the newly restored Mayflower II, a full-scale reproduction of the tall ship on which the Pilgrims made their historic voyage. Following the multi-year restoration led by expert Whit Perry, where nearly 70% of the ship’s timbers, planking, structural frames, knees, and beams were replaced, Mayflower II began its journey home on July 20th and is expected to arrive in Plymouth around August 10th.