The Mayflower II Enters New York Harbor, 1957

Mayflower II is a replica of the 17th-century ship Mayflower, celebrated for transporting the Pilgrims to the New World. This replica, built in Devon, England drew upon reconstructed ship blueprints held by an American museum, and was construction by English shipbuilders' using traditional methods.

On April 20, 1957 the Mayflower II, under the command of Alan Villiers, began the solitary voyage across the Atlantic. For time and to avoid the risk of winter ice, the new ship took a more southerly route than the original Mayflower in September 1620, but otherwise the voyage was an accurate replication of a period ocean crossing. The weather cooperated; Mayflower II first sailed calm seas and then met a violent storm off Bermuda, common weather for a transatlantic crossing. On July 1, 1957 the Mayflower II entered the East River into New York City. Upon arrival, Captain and crew received a ticker-tape parade in New York City.

Location: New York Harbor, New York
Photograph Date: 1957
Medium: Chromogenic Print
Edition: 200

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About the Photographer

B. Anthony Stewart

Perhaps the most prolific National Geographic photographer of his era, B. Anthony Stewart (1904-1977) actually came to the Society in 1927 as the photo lab’s bookkeeper.

Soon enough, however, the Virginia native proved his proficiency with the camera, and before retiring in 1969 had been long honored as the Society’s chief photographer, having had many more pictures published than are even accounted for by the more than a hundred stories that carry his credit.

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