This is a test to check…

This is a test to check out our audio blog system. Tomorrow we’re planning on leaving Fair Haven around 11:00, get through the canal around 2:00, to the canal, through the canal by … listen Powered by Jott

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…]