Block, Strop & Pole! A Restoration Update

We’re pleased to share a post from Plimoth Plantation Maritime Artisan Don Heminitz about some of the recent behind-the-scenes work happening at our Marine Rigging and Carpentry Shop in Plymouth while Mayflower II is in dry-dock at Mystic Seaport. Thanks, Don, for the wonderful update, and also to Maritime Artisan George Ward and volunteers Dick Beane, … [Read more…]

Mayflower II Celebrates 60 Year Anniversary of Transatlantic Voyage

Mayflower II, Plimoth Plantation’s full-scale reproduction of the ship that carried the Pilgrims to Massachusetts in 1620, will soon mark 60 years since its well-publicized arrival in Plymouth, Massachusetts on June 13, 1957. Built in England and sailed across the Atlantic by an adventurous crew, the ship was a gift from the people of England … [Read more…]

Welcome Whit Perry!

Whit Perry

Please join us in welcoming Marc Whitney—“Whit”—Perry as the museum’s associate director for maritime preservation and operations! Whit comes to Plimoth Plantation with over 30 years of experience working with wooden boats. His most recent post was at the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, where he maintained and operated three square-rigged vessels for nearly 10 years. Whit has … [Read more…]

The painting season is upon us

  Now that the weather has stabilized somewhat, in between repair projects and other matters, we have begun painting the ship. Mostly we work from staging that hangs over the side. This year we will also have access to a large float from which we can  paint near the waterline. Why do I bring this … [Read more…]

Winter Rigging

Or  – How I stopped worrying and learned to love the Polar Vortex. You don’t find many ship rigging text books suggesting a snow blower and shovels  as indispensable items in your tool kit. This year we could not have rigged the ship without them. Since the time the museum closed in December the marine … [Read more…]