Britain Mayflower 400 Autonomous Ship

Technicians check the hull and interior of the Mayflower Autonomous Ship at its launch site for its first outing on water since being built in Turnchapel, Plymouth southwest England. The autonomous ship aims to cross the Atlantic from Plymouth, England, to Plymouth, Massachusetts in April 2021 to become be the first totally autonomous ship to cross the Atlantic ocean without any help from the outside. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

PLYMOUTH, England — With a splash of Plymouth gin, the U.S. ambassador to Britain officially launched a ship named Mayflower on Wednesday, 400 years to the day after a wooden vessel with that name sailed from an English port and changed the history of two continents.

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