The Mayflower II is getting a makeover - and it's not just cosmetic.
Plimoth Plantation says it's raised most of the $7.5 million needed to overhaul the replica of the ship that brought the Pilgrims to America's shores in 1620.
The British-built vessel was sailed to the U.S. as a gift of friendship in 1957. Since then, 25 million visitors have boarded it.
But 60 years of exposure to the elements have taken their toll on the wooden ship. Its hull is rotting, beetles have infested some of its timbers, and half of what lies beneath the waterline needs replacing.
Project leader Whit Perry says, "We have issues all over the ship."
Craftsmen at Connecticut's Mystic Seaport hope to complete the repairs in time for 400th anniversary festivities in 2020.
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