The Lateen Mizzen

Continuing on with the series on Mayflower II sails and their rigging, this time out it’s the lateen mizzen, one of the smallest sails on the ship but one that is very useful as a balancing sail. The mizzen is a triangular fore-and-aft sail set on the ship’s aftermost mast, high on the stern-castle. The … [Read more…]

Topsails and their Rigging

Both the fore and main topsails are pretty much identical in the way that they are rigged, so similar that we can discuss them both together. First off, since I delved into a description of how sails are bent (attached to their yards) in my previous blog entry about the spritsail, I will forego repeating … [Read more…]

Mizzen Partner

Here is the mizzen partner in all its glory. During this past winters Coast Guard inspection, it was noted we should (must?) replace the mizzen mast partner. Well, we are now, and of course it is a big job. I’m working on this project. Jack is working on replacing some stanchions at the end of … [Read more…]

An Introduction and Prelude to Sails

A new contributor to the Captain’s Blog am I. A few brief words of introduction are necessary and then we’ll be clipping along smartly discussing Mayflower II. I’m George Cushman, 40-something, a serious amateur photographer and self-professed Mayfloweraholic. I’ve been interested in the ship since my early childhood and my photographic endeavors have taken me … [Read more…]

Jack pitney

The previous post is courtesy Jack Pitney. He is a shipwright and boat builder in our department. One third of our workforce. He will be making blog postings off and on as well. Here’s a swell picture of him working this morning. We stepped the shallop mast and set up its rigging.

Mayflower II in Washington DC

This is just a brief post because I wanted to share this photo of Mayflower II is Washington DC. the ship was there in the spring of 1958 just before she came back to Plymouth. The photo was sent to me by George Cushman. He lives nearby and is an avid collector of Mayflower II … [Read more…]

Mayflower II in Washington DC

This is just a brief post because I wanted to share this photo of Mayflower II is Washington DC. the ship was there in the spring of 1958 just before she came back to Plymouth. The photo was sent to me by George Cushman. He lives nearby and is an avid collector of Mayflower II … [Read more…]

The Main Yard

The first step always begins at the spar shed. After the spars have been cleaned and re-oiled we store them under the plastic spar shed. the shed is something we have to build every year as the plastic doesn’t hold up well for more than a winter. The Main yard requires all the able bodies … [Read more…]