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…]

nuts and bolts

Today was a real nuts and bolts kind of day. Paula and George continued with the relentless task of tightening up and tarring the rigging. Jack and I continued repairing and re-planking the various holes in the side of the ship. The picture above shows Paula out on the bowsprit getting ready to tightening the … [Read more…]

bit by bit

We are seeing progress on all fronts at the ship. Jack and I fit and fastened the big 3 ½” x 5” white oak wale on the port side after castle. It is big, heavy and requires working from staging up on the outside of the ship. It’s great to get that piece on. The … [Read more…]