Modern-Day Pilgrims Get Tugboat Help on Mayflower Voyage
PLYMOUTH, Mass. (AP) _ Pilgrims set sail on the Mayflower again, but this time they needed a tugboat to get them where they were going.
The Mayflower II, a replica of the settler ship that brought Pilgrims to this continent in 1620, set sail Friday with 36 volunteers clad in 17th century garb.
The trip from Plymouth to Provincetown where the Pilgrims first landed, was to test the ship’s rigging, said a spokeswoman for Plimoth Plantation, a museum here that maintains the vessel.
The replica ship had not sailed since 1964.
It was too windy to hoist the ship’s sails, so a tugboat towed the vessel to Provincetown at Cape Cod’s northern tip. The ship is to sail back to Plymouth Sunday.
Mayflower II is docked at Plimoth Plantation and visited by about 400,000 people annually, museum officials said.