I am happy to report we received a shipment of live oak stock from Georgia this past Sunday. A sawyer, Steve Cross of Cross Sawmill in Iron City, Georgia came up with the remaining pieces of wood we need for this round of frame repairs. His mill had sawn frame stock for the San Sebastian project out in San Diego, CA this past year so he is familiar with the kind of stock required for Mayflower II.
The shipyard crew quickly went to work fashioning the last frame for the port side. By Tuesday afternoon the frame section was in place and this morning it was fastened. The crew was fitting another white oak plank at lunch time over the new frame.
It may not show well in this shot but plank fairing and the plugging of fastening holes has also been going on as the last frame was being fitted and fastened. Each plank is rectangular in cross section. In order for the outside faces of all the new planking to conform to the curved shape of the ship the planking must be faired. This is a slow job, even with the electric power plane the yard crew has used.
The next steps will be caulking the seams, some more fairing, priming the wood, filling the seams with seam compound then the anti-fouling paint can be applied to the outside of the ship.
This shot show the first of four frames being replaced on the starboard side. With all the frame stock available the re framing on this side should move right along.
While the plank and frame repair is going on outside to the hull work on the rudder continues inside the carpenters shop. The rudder has been bolted together and the sides have been shaped. The narrow edge is nearest the stern of the ship. The rudder gets wider towards the trailing edge. The plan calls for a twelve inch width at the forward edge and a fifteen inch width at the aft edge.