Ladies & Gentlemen, The Mayflower…….
Don’t mind the ice – it’s winter here in Massachusetts.
Actually, this isn’t the Mayflower – it’s a full-scale reproduction, called the Mayflower II. The original has long since been destroyed. The Mayflower II, was built in Devon, England and crossed the Atlantic in 1957. The details of the ship, from the solid oak timbers and tarred hemp rigging to the wood and horn lanterns and hand-colored maps, have been carefully re-created to give you a sense of what the original 17th-century vessel was like
In the spring/summer you can buy tickets to tour the ship. Tickets cost $10 for adults and $7 for kids. I’ve been on board a few times with the last one being November of 2012 when I chaperoned my oldest son’s field trip there. The ship is actually incredibly small and it’s mind blowing to think that 102 passengers ( including three pregnant mothers) survived the trip that lasted more than ten weeks in those cramped quarters.
Once you’re on board, you will also meet role players in period costume who will share accounts of shipboard life, as they play the part of sailors or Mayflower passengers.
I was on board last year as part of my son’s third grade field trip there and it was definitely cramped on there, but totally worth seeing.