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Coastal Engineering Company of Orleans Cape Cod
May 25, 2022

Elevator World: Mayflower Remembrance

More than 100 years since it was built, the Pilgrim Monument can finally give visitors an inclined elevator ride to history.


In 1620, the Pilgrims left England, hoping to start new lives across the Atlantic. Carrying a charter that authorized them to inhabit land, they set sail for what was then known as Northern Virginia — today’s New York. They were slightly off course, however, and arrived at what we now know as Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Though intending to proceed south toward the mouth of the Hudson River, the travelers reconsidered after rough seas nearly wrecked their ship, the Mayflower. Instead, they chose to explore Cape Cod and, on November 11, 1620, dropped anchor in what is now Provincetown Harbor. Thus began the story of the Mayflower Pilgrims’ arrival in America. Read more about the new inclined elevator in the Elevator World magazine.

About the project: Coastal Engineering has developed civil and structural engineering design and assisted with the permitting process for the Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum inclined elevator. After years of planning, design, and construction, the elevator is finally operational and ready to transport visitors up High Pole Hill, treating them to spectacular views along the way.