Here’s to a Great crew

Here’s a view I don’t normally see during sail training. The crew is hard at work setting sails and I am not only, not on the ship, I’m not even on the pier. Last night’s sail training was the first session I have not attended for the entire class. I had a pretty good excuse … [Read more…]

Fifty Years Ago – more or less

An old shipmate George Cushman sent this picture to me. He was crewmember on Mayflower II in the earlier 1990’s. He says his Dad took this picture. When Mayflower II sailed across the Atlantic in 1957 the ship carried a number of "Treasure Chests" filled with goods from British firms. The idea was these firms … [Read more…]

View from the fore bowl

With this entry I will attempt to catch up with the marine staff’s goings-on for the week. As always recently our week is chock-o-block full of activity. The pictures are different views from the fore bowl of what’s happening on the ship. Mostly we have been working on rigging sails. That one short sentence covers a lot … [Read more…]

Sail training begins

Well, there’s no going back now. We started sail training last night and we had a terrific turn out. Over fifty people showed up at Mayflower II ready to try out for one of only 12-14 crew positions in our upcoming sail. I must confess the marine staff always approaches sail training with a bit of … [Read more…]

A sail at Jamestown

This past weekend I had a great opportunity to participate in a small way in the Jamestown Four Hundredth anniversary weekend. I was invited to sail on the Godspeed, one of their new ships designed and built for this occasion. It was whirlwind trip. I flew to Virginia Friday, arrived at the site around 2:30 … [Read more…]

Mayflower is on the move

I have not had a chance to post anything on the blog for a few days. I would like to say it is because Rich Moos is re-vamping/upgrading the blog site to make it easier to do the postings but that’s not really the case. We have been very busy prepping for, then actually moving … [Read more…]

The Learning Curve

I didn’t write anything for last Friday. No, it wasn’t another beer launch event but it was a long day that ended with me driving to Cambridge and back by 7:00 pm. So I never got around to posting anything. On Friday, Jack and I spent the morning caulking the planks we had hung at … [Read more…]

Beer Night

If anyone is following this blog you might have noticed I didn’t write a posting for yesterday. I usually put something together at the end of each weekday. I missed yesterday’s posting because of a special event that took place last night at the ship. In our short hand we called it “beer night” but … [Read more…]

The Shallop

This picture was taken from the main yard about fifty feet off the water. We stepped the mast in the shallop today. The shallop has been in the water for a few weeks but we have just found some time to set up the mast and rigging. The shallop is celebrating its own fiftieth birthday … [Read more…]

George Ward

Today, for me, was filled with meetings. I guess meetings are necessary but somehow they never seem as productive as actually doing stuff. This will be a good chance to introduce another member of team marine artisans – George Ward. This picture may not show George off to his best advantage but it is a … [Read more…]