On The Upward Trail

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 … [Read more…]

Latest News From Last Week

We had to remove the bowsprit from the ship. The problem is the ship is a complicated puzzle. Each piece is interconnected and relies on another piece for the strength of the whole. It is a little like Jenga, that wooden tower game where you try to remove pieces without having the whole thing fall … [Read more…]

Quick Update

This is the first of many new pieces of white oak for frames. Note the curve in the stock. The trick is first finding trees with the right amount of curve, and each frame has a slightly different curve and then finding a sawyer who will saw the logs this way. It is a bit … [Read more…]

Now, where were we….

Before the recent unpleasantness with the weather, the dearth of electricity, and the enforced regional  workout program known as “shoveling” we were busy working on the Mayflower. Here is a an update from the shipyard and our own marine shop for what you might have missed while occupied elsewhere. Let’s start in the shop with … [Read more…]

New Generator – next steps

When last we talked about the generator, I believe we had removed the old set from its mounts in the generator space, and were awaiting a crane to pluck it out of the ship. the crane would  then lower the new set into the ship. Well that step happened this morning.   This big crane … [Read more…]

Coast Guard Inspection, part one

Last Thursday the Coast Guard started their biannual inspection of  the ship. Their focus is commonly on the underwater portion of the hull, as it is only visible when the ship is hauled-out. The inspectors, however, also examine interior spaces of the ship and they will have to approve the installation of our new generator. … [Read more…]

The Beat Goes On

Here are some more shots of ongoing work in the shipyard. While we have the generator out we thought it would be  good time to clean up and paint the deck of the generator space. It hasn’t looked that good in there since the old generator was installed in 1991.   The new generator will … [Read more…]

Out With The Old ~ second day

We had to stop where we were in the process of removing the old generator when we got to this step: We stopped not because there was electricity running through the wires but because we knew if we just cut them all the electrician, when he comes to wire the new generator may in fact … [Read more…]