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Yet another Mayflower to head to Plymouth

Above: At left, a shipworker in Harwich with a saw used to create planks for a Mayflower replica; at right, the Mayflower II, which is in dry dock in Fairhaven.
Above: At left, a shipworker in Harwich with a saw used to create planks for a Mayflower replica; at right, the Mayflower II, which is in dry dock in Fairhaven.

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Plymouth Harbor is still without its main attraction, a replica of the Mayflower. But by the time the community celebrates the 400th anniversary of the Pilgrim’s landing, the harbor may hold two of the ships.

A group in Harwich, a small seaside town on England’s east coast, is building its own replica of the Mayflower, and plans to sail it to America in 2020 to help the community reclaim its piece of history. Plymouth, England is widely regarded as the Pilgrims’ port of departure, but Harwich is where the original Mayflower was built and, some argue, the true starting point of the journey in 1620.

The Mayflower originally set sail from Harwich, but made an unscheduled stop farther down the English coast, in Plymouth.

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