MAYFLOWER II WINS 2021 PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD
MAYFLOWER II has won the 2021 People’s Choice Award presented by Preservation Massachusetts (PM). The announcement was made by PM President Jim Igoe on May 20 at a virtual ceremony held at the 1620 Hotel in Plymouth, Massachusetts. “What a thrill to go down Water Street yesterday and see the MAYFLOWER II back in her spot after such a long time away,” Igoe said. “How beautiful she is!”
The floating time capsule captured 43 percent of the nearly 64,000 votes cast by the public. It was built by Project Mayflower, Ltd., of England in 1957 as a gift to the American people for their World War II sacrifices defending liberty and freedom. Since its arrive that year, Plimoth Patuxet has been its guardian. Accepting the award on their behalf was Whit Perry, the ship’s Captain and Director of Maritime Operations at Plimoth.
The ship was one of nine restoration projects in the running for the coveted prize, and the only one that has been recognized as a National Historic Place. The other top finishers were St. Gabriel’s Church in Brighton, the Carter School Apartments in Leominster, and the Nathaniel T. Allen House in West Newton.
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Artist Credit: Mike Haywood is the creator of “Pilgrim Overboard” and “The Seas Were So High” which appear at the top of this page and others on the site. His paintings can also be found at www.MikeHaywoodArt.uk/Mayflower.html.