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Group plans to build, sail a Mayflower replica

2020 gala may include a 2d replica of the Mayflower, built to honor role of Harwich, England, in epic journey

Plymouth Harbor is still without its main attraction, a replica of the Mayflower. But by the time the community celebrates the 400th anniversary of the Pilgrims’ landing, the harbor may hold two of the ships.

A group in Harwich, a small seaside town on England’s east coast, is building its own replica of the Mayflower, and plans to sail it to America in 2020 to help the community reclaim its piece of history. Plymouth, England, is widely regarded as the Pilgrims’ port of departure, but Harwich is where the original Mayflower was built and, some argue, is the true starting point of the journey that ended in Massachusetts in 1620.

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