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Photos: Mayflower II, a reimagining of vessel used by pilgrims, sails home to Plymouth

The Mayflower II on the final leg of its journey to Plimoth Plantation.
The Mayflower II on the final leg of its journey to Plimoth Plantation.Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff

The Mayflower II, a reimagined replica of the vessel that brought the pilgrims to America, embarked on a homecoming voyage to Plymouth on Monday following a three-year, multi-million-dollar restoration.

Shane Richard, 8, of Raynham was dressed as George Washington as he watched the Mayflower II sail through the Cape Cod Canal on its way to Plymouth.
Shane Richard, 8, of Raynham was dressed as George Washington as he watched the Mayflower II sail through the Cape Cod Canal on its way to Plymouth. Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff
A rigger furled the sail aboard the Mayflower II on the final leg of its journey to Plymouth.
A rigger furled the sail aboard the Mayflower II on the final leg of its journey to Plymouth. Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff
From left to right: Cole Messler of Raynham and his twin sister Paige, both 7, stood beside their cousins Sean Richard, 8, of Raynham and his twin brother Shane, who dressed as George Washington, as they watched the Mayflower II sail through the Cape Cod Canal en route to Plymouth.
From left to right: Cole Messler of Raynham and his twin sister Paige, both 7, stood beside their cousins Sean Richard, 8, of Raynham and his twin brother Shane, who dressed as George Washington, as they watched the Mayflower II sail through the Cape Cod Canal en route to Plymouth. Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff
The ship is a reimagining of the vessel that carried the Pilgrims to Plymouth. It was a gift from England in 1957, and has spent the past three years in Mystic, Conn., undergoing renovations that totaled $11.2 million.
The ship is a reimagining of the vessel that carried the Pilgrims to Plymouth. It was a gift from England in 1957, and has spent the past three years in Mystic, Conn., undergoing renovations that totaled $11.2 million. Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff
Riggers worked to furl the sail aboard the Mayflower II. While docked in New London, Captain Whit Perry and a crew of 27 people conducted sea trials and sail training.
Riggers worked to furl the sail aboard the Mayflower II. While docked in New London, Captain Whit Perry and a crew of 27 people conducted sea trials and sail training.Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff
Once it reaches its home in Plymouth, the ship will be a major exhibit of Plimoth Plantation.
Once it reaches its home in Plymouth, the ship will be a major exhibit of Plimoth Plantation. Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff
The COVID-19 crisis postponed Mayflower II’s departure from Mystic by about three months. A visit that had been planned for Boston in May, including a historic sail with the USS Constitution, was canceled after the pandemic hit.
The COVID-19 crisis postponed Mayflower II’s departure from Mystic by about three months. A visit that had been planned for Boston in May, including a historic sail with the USS Constitution, was canceled after the pandemic hit.Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff
Crowds waited for the Mayflower II to arrive in Plymouth.
Crowds waited for the Mayflower II to arrive in Plymouth. Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff
The Mayflower II arrived in Plymouth.  The ship, a 106-foot combination of calculation and guesswork modeled on 17th-century merchant ships, is expected to reopen to the public on Wednesday, Plimoth Patuxet said. Purchasing tickets in advance is encouraged, and face coverings will be required for all visitors and staff.
The Mayflower II arrived in Plymouth. The ship, a 106-foot combination of calculation and guesswork modeled on 17th-century merchant ships, is expected to reopen to the public on Wednesday, Plimoth Patuxet said. Purchasing tickets in advance is encouraged, and face coverings will be required for all visitors and staff. Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff
People watched in Plymouth.
People watched in Plymouth. Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff



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