This is the first post in a long time for the Captain’s blog. Welcome back if you have been waiting for updates, and congratulations if you have just stumbled on this blog. I will be updating this on a regular basis as we gear up again to sail Mayflower II.
Our hope is to have the ship out under sail next summer. Between now and then there is much to be done. We are really already in preparation for the sail as we make repairs to the ship this year.
The reason for the the somewhat mundane picture of our trailer repair project in the marine shop is to give a little glimpse into behind the scenes activities necessary in order to keep the ship seaworthy. How does the trailer repair fit in you ask? I will tell you.
This past winter while we were hauled out for repairs at Fairhaven Shipyard in Fairhaven, MA, our local Coast Guard inspector noticed a small area of rot in the starboard stern quarter as well as a hanging knee on the lower deck that needed attention. As it was late in the winter and we needed to get the ship back to Plymouth for the Museum’s opening the Coast Guard agreed to let us make those repairs once we returned to our dock in Plymouth Harbor.
Long story short, we got back to Plymouth the day before the museum opened, spent much of the spring rigging the ship and taking care of the many details of running a 17th century reproduction vessel then finally, we were able to tackle the repairs to the ship required by the CG.
(The ongoing work will be the subject of a future post I am sure.)
The large order of White oak necessary for these repairs was sawn in western MA and is ready to be picked up. A week ago as we pulled our big flat bed trailer out of storage one of our crew promptly put his foot through the wooden bed of the trailer. Close inspection showed a mostly rotted deck, both wheel wells rusted through and a curious grinding sound coming from the wheels.
Fast forward a week. After four new bearings, two new tires, a new pressure treated deck and an updated registration sticker we are ready to go on the three hour trip to pick up the white oak so we can fix the ship as required by the Coast Guard this past winter.
We take the long view of history here.