One small step for Mayflower…

This is just a brief post to show that we are on the way! Mayflower II has traveled about 300′ on her journey home to Plymouth,  down the railway but still on the cradle,  where she will sit through the weekend giving the planking time to start swelling. Next week, if all goes well, we … [Read more…]

Breaking News

If all goes well, we will begin the process of re-floating Mayflower tomorrow morning.   This was taken early in the day today. By Lunch time the crew was applying paint to the new planks, other crew was finishing up caulking on the port side along with various odds and ends before the first launch … [Read more…]

On The Move

Things are moving in the shipyard these days. And by moving I mean up in the air. Today the crane was back to help us put the pieces of Mayflower II that have been missing for a while back in their rightful place. To prepare for the reinstallation of the bowsprit we made a pattern … [Read more…]

Shutter Plank

Technically, the shutter plank is the last plank fastened to the hull closing up any opening made in the side of the ship.  While the entire hull has not been closed in yet,(there are still five planks to fit and fasten on the starboard side),  the shutter plank for the port side has been fit, … [Read more…]

Simple machines make tough jobs easier.

Those who have been reading this blog will remember the white oak tree donated by Framingham State University.   These tree sections were dropped off By Bob Cobb a very careful and skillful truck and crane operator. He estimated the combined weight of the trunks was around 6 tons. We have to make usable timbers … [Read more…]

In Search of White Oak

This post should more accurately be titled: In search of high quality, long lengths of clear white oak that meets Coast Guard specifications,  but that just didn’t sound very snappy. In the course of our current restoration efforts we have met many very generous individuals who have been willing to donate the white oak trees … [Read more…]