Ships have played a pivotal role in developing travel, transportation and commerce in the United States. In 1620, one of the most important and well-known historic vessels, the Mayflower, transported 102 Pilgrims from England to Plymouth, Mass.—a voyage that led to the founding of America.

More than 300 years later, a full-scale reproduction of the ship—the Mayflower II—was built in 1957 in Devon, England, and gifted to America as a symbol of post-World War II unity. Today, the craft is docked at Plymouth Harbor as part of Plimoth Plantation, a living history museum in southeastern Massachusetts.

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