It’s May

  Finally, a neighbor in the shipyard who gets us. This is the Shenandoah, a wooden schooner that sails out of Martha’s Vineyard. They do week long trips around the Cape and Islands as well as day charters and private functions. She was built in 1964 in Maine and like Mayflower II requires steady, reliable upkeep. … [Read more…]

This week in the shipyard

Work on the hull steadily continues as the weather warms up. With six new planks fastened to the hull the crew in the shipyard have removed another rotted frame. Inside the ship we are fitting a new deck beam for the beakhead project. The beam is 5 1/2″ x 7 1/2″  and about 10′ long. … [Read more…]

Restoration taking shape

This shot was taken in the marine shop a few days ago. We have been shaping and preparing some of the timbers we need for the restoration work. The primed piece in the foreground  lays down flat along the inside face of the first few frames of the ship up in the bow. The hook … [Read more…]

A video short

This video was produced last summer for a fund raising event to support Mayflower II. The short film features Dick Bean, a long time volunteer and friend of Mayflower II. I think I have posted about Dick’s association with the ship previously but suffice it to say here he has been connected with Mayflower to ever … [Read more…]

New work

  Here is a nice shot. The ship is getting re-planked. You can see the two new planks that were installed last week. Neither of them needed steaming even though they are nearly three inches thick. the hull shape here is generally constant so the planks didn’t need to be twisted.  Note the batten, (the … [Read more…]

A short posting about a big step forward

Here is a brief post that shows  significant progress forward with the repairs to the ship. First I apologize for the shot that looks like it was taken in the lair of one of Batman’s enemies. (Who remembers those crooked camera angles the director used in the Batman show to indicate we were in a … [Read more…]

On The Upward Trail

Here is the first sign that we are headed in the right direction with the repair work. This is the first frame stock, in the carpentry shop at Fairhaven Shipyard. The stock as been sent through the big thickness planer and now awaits cutting to the pattern that is resting on top.  Hurrah! Here three … [Read more…]

Latest News From Last Week

We had to remove the bowsprit from the ship. The problem is the ship is a complicated puzzle. Each piece is interconnected and relies on another piece for the strength of the whole. It is a little like Jenga, that wooden tower game where you try to remove pieces without having the whole thing fall … [Read more…]

Quick Update

This is the first of many new pieces of white oak for frames. Note the curve in the stock. The trick is first finding trees with the right amount of curve, and each frame has a slightly different curve and then finding a sawyer who will saw the logs this way. It is a bit … [Read more…]