Our Hearts Beat for Mayflower II!

Our hearts beat for Mayflower II! We are thrilled to offer this very limited edition “Heart of Mayflower,” lovingly carved by hand by volunteers from planks that were removed from the Mayflower II during the restoration process. The bits of pine tar, scratches and nicks are part of what makes this object so special. It is a heart … [Read more…]

A Guest Post: Stem Assembly

Picking up the completed lower - 1700 lbs!

If you follow our blog, you likely are aware that Mayflower II, Plimoth Plantation’s full-scale reproduction of the ship that brought the Pilgrims to Patuxet (present-day Plymouth, Massachusetts) in 1620, is in the midst of an exciting multi-year restoration process at Mystic Seaport. What you may not know is that our team is working alongside Mystic Seaport’s shipwrights … [Read more…]

Block, Strop & Pole! A Restoration Update

After re-assembly, these blocks will receive two additional coats if matte finish to mellow out the shine.

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…]