Some Down-Rigging Video

This is the first time I have tried to insert video into the blog. The first piece of video was taken after the foremast was lowered and now we are “undressing” the mast, starting with the foretop mast flag staff. flag   If this post works I will post a few other videos from the … [Read more…]

End of the season at Mayflower II

The museum season has come to a close and it is time to pack up the reproduction 17th century material culture, down-rig the ship and otherwise transition into our winter mode. Mostly this means continue working on repair and restoration projects but in colder weather.                     … [Read more…]

More ongoing work

I wanted to post some shots of our ongoing work mostly in case anyone is wondering what ever happened to these projects.   This shot is taken down below, up forward on the starboard side of the ship. Keith has installed the new frame sections (called futtocks) so he is now buttoning up the opening … [Read more…]

A Special Visitor

Yesterday we were pleased to host the crew from CBS Channel 4’s, Patriot’s All Access.  Punter Zoltan Mesko, #14 came along and had a tour of the ship, talked with our interpreters and was gracious enough to pose for pictures with visitors, Plimoth Plantation staff, and our own crew.             … [Read more…]

A Special Visitor

Yesterday we were pleased to host the crew from CBS Channel 4’s, Patriot’s All Access.  Punter Zoltan Mesko, #14 came along and had a tour of the ship, talked with our interpreters and was gracious enough to pose for pictures with visitors, Plimoth Plantation staff, and our own crew.             … [Read more…]

All gussied Up

Well, after many other smaller projects have come and gone, and continuing with ongoing work, we have recently completed the painting of the small boat we started with the camp kids this past August.   The paint scheme is the traditional (at least in New England) white exterior, green bottom paint and a medium tone … [Read more…]

Towards the finish line

  The breasthooks tie the two sides of the boat together at the bow and the stern in our case because the boat is double ended. Traditionally they are made out of natural crooks of wood so that the grain runs in a u-shape around the piece. Very strong.       Speaking of natural … [Read more…]

This Old Boat

The following is the text briefly explaining the boat we are building for Plimoth Plantation’s soiree: The 14′ boat, hand-crafted by Plimoth Plantation’s maritime artisans represents an ancient model of rowing boat used throughout Europe for centuries. Our version, made of marine plywood and white oak, will be an ideal boat for use on ponds, … [Read more…]

Off The Building Jig

When we last saw the boat we were planking. Today all the planks are on, we sanded smooth the outside and popped the boat off the building jig. The planks were fastened with epoxy, any screw heads and open holes were filled with epoxy yesterday in anticipation of today’s work. The boat was pretty easy … [Read more…]