Mayflower homestretch

Mystic — Work was continuing Friday on the Mayflower II at Mystic Seaport Museum's H.B. duPont Preservation Shipyard.

The ship, built in 1956, is a replica of the vessel that brought the Pilgrims to the New World in 1620 and was built in England as a gift to the United States in thanks for support during and after WWII.

The ship is nearing the end of a 30-month restoration in Mystic in preparation to sail again on the 400th anniversary of the Pilgrim's voyage. A launching ceremony has been scheduled for Sept. 7.

Next week, the steel and fabric structure that has enclosed the ship since the spring of 2017 will be removed.

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