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Title: Mayflower II
Post by: June Ingram on Mar 22, 2015, 05:12 PM
Mayflower II was commissioned to be built by Englishman Warwick Charlton to commemorate the historic ties between England and America especially after World War II.  She was built between 1955-1957 at Upham Shipyard, Brixham, Devon, England and subsequently sailed to America.  Mayflower II resides at Plimoth Plantation in Massachusetts, but is spending the first of several winters undergoing restoration at The Henry B. duPont Preservation Shipyard at Mystic Seaport.  Mayflower II is a replica of the original Mayflower of 1620. 

I took this picture of Mayflower II just this morning.  Also click on the link to read more about her on The Mystic Seaport website.

http://www.mysticseaport.org/locations/vessels/mayflowerii/
Title: Re: Mayflower II
Post by: Bruce Nicholls on Mar 22, 2015, 07:21 PM
Glad to see one of these replicas being well looked after.
Title: Mayflower II
Post by: Graham Taylor on Mar 23, 2015, 01:21 AM
Not the Mayflower, but a replica of Sir Francis Drake's vessel the Golden Hinde in Brixham inner harbour.
Title: Re: Mayflower II
Post by: Lynda Bradford on Mar 23, 2015, 09:02 AM
Wonderful to see a full scale reproduction of the original Mayflower. Is this a big tourist attraction, June?

Thanks Graham for the photo of the replica of the Golden Hinde in Brigham, another great link with maritime history. 
Title: Re: Mayflower II
Post by: June Ingram on Mar 23, 2015, 04:07 PM
Thank you to Lynda, Bruce, and Graham for your posts.  It is great to see the replica of Golden Hinde in Brixham.

Mayflower II is a big tourist attraction.  It is only at Mystic Seaport in Mystic, CT, for restoration work during this winter and for the next few winters. 

Her actual home is Plimoth Plantation, in Plymouth, MA, which is supposed to be where the Pilgrims came ashore in 1620.  There is a recreation of a Pligrim village and Mayflower II is quite a draw there. 

Title: Re: Mayflower II
Post by: Bruce Nicholls on Mar 23, 2015, 05:59 PM
Not the Mayflower, but a replica of Sir Francis Drake's vessel the Golden Hinde in Brixham inner harbour.
The Golden Hind replica was looking a bit tired when we visited Brixham in 2013. At low tide it is dried out and looked distincly dodgy below the waterline to me.
Title: Re: Mayflower II
Post by: June Ingram on Mar 23, 2015, 06:14 PM
I hope someone takes care of her.  :(
Title: Re: Mayflower II
Post by: Graham Taylor on Mar 23, 2015, 06:55 PM

The Golden Hind replica was looking a bit tired when we visited Brixham in 2013. At low tide it is dried out and looked distincly dodgy below the waterline to me.

Yes she only floats twice a day being situated in the inner harbour. I've not noticed any problems with her, but she did have an overhaul a couple of years back after a fire. I don't know who owns her these days, but she is a major tourist draw for Brixham so the council and tourist board would insist on a regular maintenance program.

I can't imagine Brixham harbour without her and is the second replica to occupy the spot after the "original" was damaged in a storm.
Title: Re: Mayflower II
Post by: Graham Taylor on Mar 23, 2015, 07:21 PM
Sorry June if I'm hijacking your thread, but thought you might be interested to see the two heritage vessels in the outer harbour, which is the Pilgrim and the Vigilance old renovated Brixham sailing trawlers. One of these summer days I want to do a voyage on one of them. Out of a mighty sailing fleet making Brixham the foremost fishing port certainly in the South there are sadly only five examples left around the country. Even now I have only counted three deep sea motor trawlers left plus the less numerous inshore trawlers and crabbers.
Title: Re: Mayflower II
Post by: June Ingram on Mar 23, 2015, 07:30 PM
Hi Graham -

Not hijacking at all.  Thank you very much for posting the photos of the two heritage vessels in the outer harbour.  Very good photos and it is great to see them.  Do they then offer summer voyages ?  That sounds marvelous.  It is a shame how few vessels remain from fleets that were once great in number, and in the US too, there are fewer and fewer vessels in current fleets.  As an aside, and also covered in another topic, Charles W. Morgan is the only surviving wooden whaling vessel in the whole world out of a fleet that at one time numbered over 2500.  Please do post more photos if you can. 

June   :)
Title: Re: Mayflower II
Post by: June Ingram on Mar 24, 2015, 12:54 PM
Hi Graham - You mention an inner harbour.  Is it natural or a man-made inner harbour ?  And do you have other photos of vessels of any kind in Brixham ?

June   :)
Title: Re: Mayflower II
Post by: Bruce Nicholls on Mar 27, 2015, 09:17 PM
Brixham is I think a natural harbour. I will try and post a few photos though it is reliant on my mobile connection playing ball so I may have to do them one at a time.

This is the inner harbour. If you can zoom in Golden Hind is just visible behind the boat on the pier right of centre.
Title: Re: Mayflower II
Post by: Bruce Nicholls on Mar 27, 2015, 09:31 PM
Turn round and in the outer harbour are the moorings for the remaining preserved Brixham sailing trawlers, now mainly doing charter and sail training.
Title: Re: Mayflower II
Post by: Bruce Nicholls on Mar 27, 2015, 09:39 PM
Brixham Trawler BM76 Vigilance outside Brixham in Torbay.
Title: Re: Mayflower II
Post by: June Ingram on Mar 30, 2015, 06:07 PM
Thanks, Bruce, very much for your posts and great photos !   :)
Title: Re: Mayflower II
Post by: June Ingram on Sep 14, 2016, 03:55 PM
Some rather disturbing news has just come out regarding Mayflower II.  Mayflower II is currently owned by Plimoth Plantation in Massachusetts, USA, but has been undergoing restorations during the winter months at Mystic Seaport.  Mayflower II was built in Brixham.

http://www.theday.com/article/20160913/NWS12/160919729
Title: Re: Mayflower II
Post by: June Ingram on Jan 05, 2017, 05:58 PM
Some good news this time about Mayflower II.  She is in the third phase of a 30 month restoration, and the plans are that she will sail in 2020 on the 400th anniversary of the voyage of The Pilgrims.  She is being restored at The Henry B. DuPont Preservation Shipyard. 

Here is a link to a photo and article from The Mystic Seaport website -

http://www.mysticseaport.org/news/2016/mayflower-ii-hauled/

Attached is a photo which I took of Mayflower II on Sunday last.  And look, she has a tree !  If only our beloved QE2 could have had a tree this year...
Title: Re: Mayflower II
Post by: June Ingram on Jan 05, 2017, 06:00 PM
Here is a photo looking South down The Mystic River.  Mayflower II is just North of here. 
Title: Re: Mayflower II
Post by: June Ingram on Jan 24, 2017, 03:17 PM
Here is a link to an article just this morning in our local paper, The Day, regarding the support beams used during Mayflower II's restoration.

http://www.theday.com/local/20170123/mayflower-ii-restoration-continues
Title: Re: Mayflower II
Post by: pete cain on Jan 24, 2017, 07:51 PM
Love the area around Mystic, however that replica looks so small June, we're spoiled nowadays with balconies & the like, don't you think?
Title: Re: Mayflower II
Post by: June Ingram on Jan 24, 2017, 09:46 PM
Hi Pete - Thanks for your message.  Just looking at Mayflower II, I just can not imagine that ship crossing the Atlantic ocean !  It must have been quite a ride !!  June   :)
Title: Re: Mayflower II
Post by: June Ingram on Aug 04, 2020, 01:20 AM
Mayflower II has completed her restoration at Mystic Seaport and is now undergoing two weeks of sea trials and photo shoots before she sails back to Plimoth Plantation in Massachusetts.  :)