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…]

Mayflower II’s Main top mast

The main topmast is rigged much in the same way as the fore top mast. Two main differences are the weight of everything on the main top is at least fifty percent heavier than the fore top mast and the starting location of the spar.rse is different. We have to take part of the dock … [Read more…]

the fore yard

When we last left rig-up we had the sprit yard and fore topmast in place. The next spar in the sequence is the fore yard. Swinging the yards up in place is somewhat easier than the mast because the yards remain horizontal the entire time, well, hopefully they remain horizontal. All we have to do … [Read more…]

Sprit yard

So… The yard we start with first, almost always, is the sprityard. It has all the same rigging as the other yards but because it is on a mast, (the bowsprit) that is at an angle the yard can sometimes be troublesome to rig. So we start with the sprit to get it out of … [Read more…]

Rig-Up, You don’t use a crane?

Over the course of the next week or so I will document the rig-up process we use on Mayflower II. Every year, for the past fifty years, the marine artisans department has removed the ship’s rig in the fall and set it back up in the spring after overhauling everything during the winter. It is … [Read more…]