Here is the first sign that we are headed in the right direction with the repair work. This is the first frame stock, in the carpentry shop at Fairhaven Shipyard.
The stock as been sent through the big thickness planer and now awaits cutting to the pattern that is resting on top. Hurrah!
Here three shipyard workers are fitting the newly cut frame into place on the ship. Two things to note here: The use of the two boom lifts to raise the crew and the stock up to the right height, ( Our marine staff is so jealous); and notice how nicely the piece fits and restores the lovely shape of the ships stern.
Here we see the one of the reasons this kind of work is so labor intensive. The old fastenings have been removed, which is a process in itself, then each hole in the frames has to be filled with a wooden dowel shaped just right and glued in place. Two men, about a days work.
You know how when you get a little older your joints start to ache? Same thing with Mayflower II. Here are two knees that need to be replaced. i know this because the Coast Guard inspector kindly wrote “replace” on one of them.
Here’s one reason why the knees, and other parts of the ship , are in such tough shape. This iron fastening, in this case up in the bow, has deteriorated. Fresh water dripping on the fastening causes rust. The rust expands the fastening and puts pressure on the wood it is holding in place. In the case of the knees, the fastenings are in line with each other, and therefore eventually split the timber.
I am sure you will recognize Keith from the marine shop crew. We were working on the stem repair, mandated by the C.G. Bad news we had to cut away about three inches of wood off the back side of the stem. The good news we only had to cut away three inches of wood off the back of the stem. Tomorrow the Coat Guard inspectors will take a look at the work to date and we will head onward and upward.