Mayflower Autonomous Ship

This autonomous unmanned research ship built by ProMare and IBM will replicate the original Mayflower’s journey, using hybrid wind, solar, and diesel propulsion systems and gathering data about the condition of the ocean.

Exploration Projects

Promare built the first deep-diving drone to visit, film, and take samples from the Puerto Rico Trench, the deepest point in the Atlantic Ocean.

Archaeology Projects

Since its foundation in 2001, ProMare has conducted, created, funded, and assisted groundbreaking Maritime Archaeology Projects all around the world. Visit our Project Archive.

Drain the Oceans

Several of Promare’s recent shipwreck projects have been showcased on National Geographic Channel’s Drain the Oceans Series. Learn more. 

News & Announcements


Crewless robotic Mayflower ship reaches Plymouth Rock

“Piloted by artificial intelligence technology, the 50-foot (15-meter) trimaran didn’t have a captain, navigator or any humans on board.”

Read on Associated Press


The Mayflower Autonomous Ship Has Reached North America

“With no human captain or onboard crew, MAS is the first self-directed autonomous ship with technology that is scalable and extendible to traverse the Atlantic Ocean.”

Read on the IBM Newsroom


A new Mayflower that uses artificial intelligence has crossed the Atlantic

“After a 3,500 mile journey similar to that of the Pilgrims, the captainless ship is expected to arrive on June 30.”

Read on the Boston Globe


Robotic Mayflower Boat Arrives in Plymouth After Transatlantic Voyage

“Small autonomous experimental vessels have crossed the Atlantic before but researchers describe it as the first ship of its size to do so”

Read on NBC Boston


This ship has no crew and it will transform our understanding of the ocean. Here’s how

“AI ships and marine autonomous systems offer an innovative new way to collect critical ocean data…”

Read on World Economic Forum


Exploring “Final Frontiers” Closer to Home

“The landing of NASA’s six-wheeled rover on the Red Planet was a much needed moment of hope and human achievement…”

Read on Ocean News and Technology


Connectivity Specialist Slingshot6 Joins Mayflower Autnomous Ship Project

“Slingshot Six Limited, a specialist provider of autonomous vehicle connectivity services has joined the international effort…”

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The Uncharted Episode 4: From Ashore to Afloat

Witness the sea trials in Plymouth as the Mayflower Autonomous Ship faces ocean conditions for the first time…

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The Mayflower Autonomous Ship is a pioneering and cost-effective vessel that gathers data to help safeguard the health of the ocean by advancing our understanding of ocean pollution, global warming, and over-exploitation. As a registered non-profit 501(c)(3) Public Charity, we need your support to continue our work.

All donations will be directed to the Mayflower Autonomous Ship Project. If you are interested in supporting any other ProMare projects, please contact us: info@promare.org

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