The Mayflower II is a replica of the 17th century ship Mayflower, celebrated for transporting the Pilgrims to the New World. The replica was built in Devon, England, during 1955–1956, in a collaboration between Englishman Warwick Charlton and an American museum, Plimoth Plantation, combining the American museum's ship blueprints with construction by old traditional methods of English shipbuilders. On April 20, 1957, recreating the original voyage, Mayflower II was sailed across the Atlantic Ocean, under the command of Alan Villiers. Afterwards, Villiers and crew received a ticker-tape parade in New York City.
Mayflower II at State Pier in Plymouth, 2006
Built at the Upham Shipyard in Brixham and financed by private donations in England and by the American museum, the ship was a symbol of friendship between the United Kingdom and the USA for collaboration in World War II.