Other work continues at Plymouth despite the focus on Mayflower II and the restoration efforts at Fairhaven.
We launched the shallop recently, ( I say recently because the date we did this actually escapes me at the moment.)
Like Mayflower II, the shallop was built in 1957 to plans designed by William Baker. It was launched in the spring of that year and was used to greet the arriving Mayflower when she sailed into Plymouth on June 13th after her momentous 55-day voyage from England.
Unlike Mayflower, the shallop is in great shape. Part of the reason is that it is open, all the frames and structure of the boat are easily accessible and therefore more easy to maintain. A second reason is that we are able to work on the shallop every winter at our shop, refinishing and repairing anything that needs attention. Finally, the shallop is just not so darn big. Mayflower II displaces 256 tons and the shallop displaces 4. There is just so much less stuff to take care of on the shallop.
However, having said all that the shallop still needs time to swell up and become water tight. The cedar planking has dried out over the winter and takes a few days of soaking up to become tight again. 24 hours after this picture was taken, the shallop had stopped leaking and is once again ready for a busy season of sitting in the water looking good.