Mayflower II To Pass Through The Cape Cod Canal

Buzzards Bay Has Plenty Of Good Spots To Watch The Ship Pass


This is Mayflower II heading for winter storage in Fairhaven last December. See her return today. The video and photo courtesy David Curran.

The Mayflower II, a beloved replica of the Pilgrim's ride to America, has been stored at Fairhaven for winter repairs.

It heads back to Plymouth today. It will leave Fairhaven at 11 AM, and should enter the west end of the Canal at 2 PM.

Plenty of good parking is available in the parking lot near the railroad bridge. It can be accessed off Main Street in Buzzards Bay. Take Route 28 or 6, and get off at the last exit on the mainland side of the bridge. Head west, and be sure to take the Main Street outlet off what I shall call the Way Ho rotary. That's the right turn after the Ocean State Job Lot.

57 Main Street will get you close enough if you program that into your GPS. That's the addy for the Port O' Call, but it's the closest thing to the parking lot with a street number.

Try one of the many restaurants within walking distance of the parking lot. We love Effie's Pizza, which is right across the street from the parking lot. There's also the small-but-tasty Krua Thai place there, and a thirsty ship-viewer could easily dash off to the Port O' Call without missing anything.

The Cape Cod Canal has a lengthy bike path/grassy area with plenty of room for you to set up your chair and your pic-a-nic basket.

I'm not sure if they'll let you park at the Massachusetts Maritime Academy to watch it, but that would be a sweet view as well. There is also a smaller parking area along the Canal off Route 6, across from Barlow's Clam Shack.

Temperatures today will be 50-55 in the village of Buzzards Bay, with a light breeze.

The Mayflower II is the centerpiece of any tourist trip to Plymouth. She is 106 feet long, sports 4 masts, and has 6 sails. It is a faithful replica of the original vessel, built in England in 1955. She arrived in America in 1957.

Her arrival in America saw her crew greeted with a ticker-tape parade. It is generally staffed by actors playing historical figures. She was occupied by Native American activists in 1970, in what was probably a fairly justified protest. Other than that, it is owned by Plimoth Plantation. which opens for the season this Saturday.

She is perfectly seaworthy, and has sailed to Providence as recently as 2002. She is docked in Plymouth Harbor during the summer.

I may be biased in touting Buzzards Bay, but it is a perfect spot to view some history sailing by. You can spend today a lot more poorly. Southie's parade for St. Patrick's Day isn't until Sunday, so it's not like you'll miss having some Townie vomit on your shoes at 9 AM.

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