Well, that was one way to avoid the Water Street detours.

The Mayflower II returned to Plymouth Harbor and its berth at State Pier on Thursday after spending the winter undergoing maintenance in Mystic Seaport. The 102-foot-long replica ship left Connecticut Wednesday morning and by Thursday morning was making its way through Cape Cod Canal.  It arrived in Plymouth around noon, draped in a shroud of fog, completing the 78-mile voyage.

The ship, which is 67 years old, was towed all the way here, according to Plimoth Patuxet Museums. It expects to have the Mayflower open for visitors starting Saturday, April 13.

Mark Pothier can be reached at mark@plymouthindependent.org.

The Mayflower II as seen from State Pier. Credit: (Photo by Wes Ennis)

The Mayflower II approaches State Pier on Thursday. Credit: (Photo by Jim Curran)
Looking through the fog for a glimpse of the ship. Credit: (Photo by Wes Ennis)
Plimoth Patuxet staffers secure the first of three lines as the Mayflower II docks. Credit: (Photo by Wes Ennis)
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