Mayflower II, replica of Pilgrim ship, returns to Plymouth

The Mayflower II is a major tourist attraction and an educational resource

People on a wharf, bottom, watch as the Mayflower II arrives in Plymouth Harbor, Monday, June 6, 2016, in Plymouth, Mass. The 1957 replica of the famed ship that carried the Pilgrims to Massachusetts in 1620 has been undergoing an extensive restoration at the Henry B. DuPont Preservation Shipyard, at Mystic Seaport, in Mystic, Conn., in the run-up to Plymouth's 400th anniversary in 2020. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

PLYMOUTH, Mass. (AP) — The Mayflower II has returned to Plymouth, Massachusetts.

The replica of the famed ship that carried the Pilgrims to Massachusetts in 1620 returned to its home port on Plymouth Bay on Monday.

The ship had been undergoing an extensive restoration in the run-up to Plymouth’s 400th anniversary in 2020. That has meant spending the last few winters at Mystic Seaport in Connecticut.

The ship passed through the Cape Cod Canal before docking back home on the Plymouth waterfront.

The Mayflower II is a major tourist attraction and an educational resource that annually draws thousands of student visitors.

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