Simple machines make tough jobs easier.

Those who have been reading this blog will remember the white oak tree donated by Framingham State University.   These tree sections were dropped off By Bob Cobb a very careful and skillful truck and crane operator. He estimated the combined weight of the trunks was around 6 tons. We have to make usable timbers … [Read more…]

In Search of White Oak

This post should more accurately be titled: In search of high quality, long lengths of clear white oak that meets Coast Guard specifications,  but that just didn’t sound very snappy. In the course of our current restoration efforts we have met many very generous individuals who have been willing to donate the white oak trees … [Read more…]

Meanwhile, back at Plymouth…

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 … [Read more…]

Georgia Live Oak

I am happy to report we received a shipment of live oak stock from Georgia this past Sunday. A sawyer, Steve Cross of Cross Sawmill in Iron City, Georgia came up with the remaining pieces of wood we need for this round of frame repairs. His mill had sawn frame stock for the San Sebastian … [Read more…]

It’s May

  Finally, a neighbor in the shipyard who gets us. This is the Shenandoah, a wooden schooner that sails out of Martha’s Vineyard. They do week long trips around the Cape and Islands as well as day charters and private functions. She was built in 1964 in Maine and like Mayflower II requires steady, reliable upkeep. … [Read more…]

This week in the shipyard

Work on the hull steadily continues as the weather warms up. With six new planks fastened to the hull the crew in the shipyard have removed another rotted frame. Inside the ship we are fitting a new deck beam for the beakhead project. The beam is 5 1/2″ x 7 1/2″  and about 10′ long. … [Read more…]

Restoration taking shape

This shot was taken in the marine shop a few days ago. We have been shaping and preparing some of the timbers we need for the restoration work. The primed piece in the foreground  lays down flat along the inside face of the first few frames of the ship up in the bow. The hook … [Read more…]

A video short

This video was produced last summer for a fund raising event to support Mayflower II. The short film features Dick Bean, a long time volunteer and friend of Mayflower II. I think I have posted about Dick’s association with the ship previously but suffice it to say here he has been connected with Mayflower to ever … [Read more…]