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With wood scarce, Mayflower II is miles from Plymouth

Visitors stopped at the Maritime Exhibit near  where the Mayflower II is usually docked in Plymouth. The ship is being restored at the Fairhaven Shipyard (right). Some Plymouth shops  have seen a decline in business.
Visitors stopped at the Maritime Exhibit near where the Mayflower II is usually docked in Plymouth. The ship is being restored at the Fairhaven Shipyard (right). Some Plymouth shops have seen a decline in business.Credit: Debee Tlumacki for The Boston Globe

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Depictions of the Mayflower II, the replica of the 17th century ship that ferried the Pilgrims to New England, can be found all around this seaside community, from tchotchkes sold in souvenir shops to the bottle cap of a locally-brewed beer.

But there’s one place you won’t find the Mayflower: its berth in Plymouth Harbor.

The 56-year-old replica is stuck in dry dock in Fairhaven, unable to complete all the repairs to its hull and frame because it can’t get enough of the right kind of wood, durable white oak.

Delays in getting the lumber — which is extremely difficult to find in t the right size, shape, quantity, and quality — could leave Plymouth without one of its main attractions for much of the summer.

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