Winter Rigging

Or  – How I stopped worrying and learned to love the Polar Vortex. You don’t find many ship rigging text books suggesting a snow blower and shovels  as indispensable items in your tool kit. This year we could not have rigged the ship without them. Since the time the museum closed in December the marine … [Read more…]

Winter Work

A big part of our work in the winter is dealing with the weather, whether the ship is on land at a shipyard or in the water in Plymouth Harbor. Extra lines, fenders placed at touch points and an ever vigilant security staff help keep the ship safe.   As happens to many of us … [Read more…]

Down – Rigging in Low Temperatures

This past week or so we have been removing the upper rigging from the ship. Naturally, the temperatures around here have plunged into the 20’s and with a wind chill in the teens. It might be an over statement to say that we have been enjoying learning what 17th century sailors went through sailing onto … [Read more…]

Andrew Guest

Now that I have tidied up on reporter news from  a month and half ago I can start to catch up on what has been going on since the ship has returned to Plymouth. Sadly, both Keith and Danny left the employ of the museum a few months ago. Happily, Andrew Guest came aboard recently. … [Read more…]

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…]