One more frame

Before shaping  and installing the new wale over the rebuilt framing, I decided to remove the last bit of the old wale at the transom. I had left about five feet because the wood was good and it seemed unnecessary to take it out. However when we picked up  the wood order from Heyes Sawmill … [Read more…]

Starboard Quarter Repair

Here is a nice view of one of the major repairs we are working on this summer. As I mentioned in a previous post, this is work required by our dry dock inspection this past winter. I have removed around twenty two feet of the main wale (you can see the remaining timber under the … [Read more…]

Starboard Quarter Repair

Here is a nice view of one of the major repairs we are working on this summer. As I mentioned in a previous post, this is work required by our dry dock inspection this past winter. I have removed around twenty two feet of the main wale (you can see the remaining timber under the … [Read more…]

Baby On Board

I was going to start with the restoration work we are doing on the ship but this seemed more fun for a hot day. The baby is Ariella. She is a 3 month old (more or less) infant girl of one of the interpreters on the ship. I must say she does a wonderful job … [Read more…]

Lumber pick-up

Here is a quick post from yesterday’s successful trip to Orange, MA. Our newly rebuilt trailer performed admirably, no smoking bearings, no detached wheel wells, and no flat tires. We drove out to western, Mass. to Heyes Forest Products to pick up the order of white oak timbers we need for the major repairs we … [Read more…]

Starting Fresh

This is the first post in a long time for the Captain’s blog. Welcome back if you have been waiting for updates, and congratulations if you have just stumbled on this blog. I will be updating this on a regular basis as we gear up again to sail Mayflower II. _____________________________________________________________ Our hope is to … [Read more…]

Starting Fresh

This is the first post in a long time for the Captain’s blog. Welcome back if you have been waiting for updates, and congratulations if you have just stumbled on this blog. I will be updating this on a regular basis as we gear up again to sail Mayflower II. _____________________________________________________________ Our hope is to … [Read more…]

Fifty Two years and Counting

Saturday June 13 was the fifty second anniversary of Mayflower II sailing into Plymouth harbor. Past posts have covered many parts of the big event in 2007. You can also learn all about the ship and its history by going to the Mayflower section of our website. This year there were a lot of things … [Read more…]

Hey Mister, what are you doing ?

We hear that a lot. Most times a simple answer is forth coming. “I’m painting the ship.” “I’m replacing a plank.” “I’m tarring the rigging. Today the response to that question has me staring into the corner I’m working in inside the great cabin and wonder, “Hey, yeah,what am I doing?” This little bit of … [Read more…]