Winter Work

Winter work has begun in the shop in earnest. Every winter after down rigging we bring the spars in to our shop, one after an other, to scrape them clean and re-oil everything. This shot shows almost all the spars. The end of the yard that is visible in the right foreground is the main … [Read more…]

More Down-Rigging Video

As promised here are two more pieces of down-rigging video. In the first one we see the process of lowering the port top mast shrouds. There are back stays, the head stay, flag halyards, a cap the upper cross trees, martinets and some other rigging I am sure I am not remembering this moment all … [Read more…]

Some Down-Rigging Video

This is the first time I have tried to insert video into the blog. The first piece of video was taken after the foremast was lowered and now we are “undressing” the mast, starting with the foretop mast flag staff. flag   If this post works I will post a few other videos from the … [Read more…]

End of the season at Mayflower II

The museum season has come to a close and it is time to pack up the reproduction 17th century material culture, down-rig the ship and otherwise transition into our winter mode. Mostly this means continue working on repair and restoration projects but in colder weather.                     … [Read more…]

More ongoing work

I wanted to post some shots of our ongoing work mostly in case anyone is wondering what ever happened to these projects.   This shot is taken down below, up forward on the starboard side of the ship. Keith has installed the new frame sections (called futtocks) so he is now buttoning up the opening … [Read more…]

A Special Visitor

Yesterday we were pleased to host the crew from CBS Channel 4’s, Patriot’s All Access.  Punter Zoltan Mesko, #14 came along and had a tour of the ship, talked with our interpreters and was gracious enough to pose for pictures with visitors, Plimoth Plantation staff, and our own crew.             … [Read more…]

A Special Visitor

Yesterday we were pleased to host the crew from CBS Channel 4’s, Patriot’s All Access.  Punter Zoltan Mesko, #14 came along and had a tour of the ship, talked with our interpreters and was gracious enough to pose for pictures with visitors, Plimoth Plantation staff, and our own crew.             … [Read more…]

All gussied Up

Well, after many other smaller projects have come and gone, and continuing with ongoing work, we have recently completed the painting of the small boat we started with the camp kids this past August.   The paint scheme is the traditional (at least in New England) white exterior, green bottom paint and a medium tone … [Read more…]

Towards the finish line

  The breasthooks tie the two sides of the boat together at the bow and the stern in our case because the boat is double ended. Traditionally they are made out of natural crooks of wood so that the grain runs in a u-shape around the piece. Very strong.       Speaking of natural … [Read more…]