What a Winter!

Well, work on Mayflower II is progressing well here at Mystic Seaport in spite of the weather!  The skill and determination of the workers both from Mystic and Plymouth is incredible!  Along with everything that is happening down here, Don, George, Dick, Joe, Rick, Natalie and Allen are making excellent progress on spars and rigging in the shop at Plymouth.

The Survey is complete and we are just waiting on a full formal report from Capt. Paul Haley of G.W. Full and Associates.  This is what we will use to make longer term plans for the restoration of Mayflower II.  Again, this winters work is all about discovery, planning and exploratory surgery, with more in depth futtock and major structural replacement to take place in the full scope of the project.

Looking aft from amidships along the stbd side.

Looking forward from amidships along the starboard side. I know it looks like looking forward on port side, but image is reversed.

Some new transom planks, with the "stern chaser" gun door in the image as well.

Some new transom planks, with the “stern chaser” gun door in the image as well.

Rim timber with transom planks in image too.

Rim timber with transom planks in image too.

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More to come soon,







  1. Just checking in; Peter is still “on board” right? Has he just delegated the blog to Whit? Peter & I worked on a lobster-boat together at Maine Maritime Museum (Peter accomplished much more than I did though.)

    • Whit Perry

      Hi Bob, no Peter retired his position at Plimoth Plantation last July. I accepted a newly created position as Director of Maritime preservation and Operations in September. I will be managing the overall restoration of Mayflower II.

      I hope you’ll continue to watch our progress as we restore this National Icon.


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