Last Dec. 12th the ship was towed by a tug out off Plymouth harbor then to New Bedford, where the restored whaler Charles Morgan had been on display the previous summer. (Also a refurbishment done by the Henry B. duPont Preservation Shipyard at Mystic Seaport.) It soon departed for New London, CT, where it was de-rigged, hauled out of the water, and pressure washed. The stone and iron ballast was removed and the first step, which is surveying the ship and its condition, was begun. The Mayflower II was made seaworthy again and sent (presumably towed) back to Plymouth for the summer tourist season. This process will be repeated over the next few years.
Check out http://www.mysticseaport.org/category/mayflower-ii-restoration/ or the Mystic museum's Facebook page see how they are progressing. Visit Plimoth Plantation's site and make a donation for the project if you can. If you plan to be in the area, check to see if the ship will be underway when you are there. Send us a photo or video clip and we will post it here.