Steel beams, wooden spars, iron strops: a Mayflower update

As 2018 comes to a close, progress isn’t slowing down on Mayflower’s restoration. The combined Plimoth Plantation and Mystic Seaport Museum team is working diligently on this historic project and staying on track for completion in 2019. It was a milestone-heavy Fall, with the removal of the large steel I-beams that helped provide structural integrity … [Read more…]

New Video: Installing the Whiskey Plank

Mayflower II bow planked October 2018_Mashuta

This fall, a major milestone of Mayflower’s restoration was completed: the installation of the “whiskey plank,” in this case the last hull plank below the wale. Reaching this goal means that 182 planks have been fastened on, allowing the team to remove the horizontal steel I-beams that have to this point been helping to support … [Read more…]

WoodenBoat Show 2018 Underway!

  WoodenBoat Show 2018 We’re thrilled to be welcoming thousands of visitors to Mayflower II this weekend during the 27th annual WoodenBoat Show at Mystic Seaport Museum, where our national treasure is receiving a major re-fit to help her sail into the future! The festival, which is hosted in partnership with WoodenBoat Publications to celebrates the design … [Read more…]

New INTERWOVEN Podcast Episode: Dispatch from the Restoration at Mystic Seaport!

Plimoth Interwoven podcast logo

Plimoth’s INTERWOVEN podcast team is back at Mayflower II‘s restoration in Mystic to catch up with Whit Perry, Director of Maritime Preservation and Operations for Plimoth Plantation, and Matt Barnes, lead shipwright on the Mayflower II Restoration Project at Mystic Seaport’s Henry B. duPont Preservation Shipyard. They shared exciting updates on the restoration process that have occurred since … [Read more…]

Martime Artisan Update: Andrew Guest Talks Restoring the Bow

Andrew Guest, Maritime Artisan

CONTRIBUTED BY ANDREW GUEST, MARITIME ARTISAN Hello everyone! As some of you may know, my role down here in Mystic is as one-third of the team working to restore Mayflower II’s bow, along with Mystic Seaport’s Chris Sanders and Louie Marandola. We’ve had our work cut out for us, as the condition of the ship … [Read more…]

Our Hearts Beat for Mayflower II!

Our hearts beat for Mayflower II! We are thrilled to offer this very limited edition “Heart of Mayflower,” lovingly carved by hand by volunteers from planks that were removed from the Mayflower II during the restoration process. The bits of pine tar, scratches and nicks are part of what makes this object so special. It is a heart … [Read more…]

A Guest Post: Stem Assembly

Picking up the completed lower - 1700 lbs!

If you follow our blog, you likely are aware that Mayflower II, Plimoth Plantation’s full-scale reproduction of the ship that brought the Pilgrims to Patuxet (present-day Plymouth, Massachusetts) in 1620, is in the midst of an exciting multi-year restoration process at Mystic Seaport. What you may not know is that our team is working alongside Mystic Seaport’s shipwrights … [Read more…]

Block, Strop & Pole! A Restoration Update

After re-assembly, these blocks will receive two additional coats if matte finish to mellow out the shine.

We’re pleased to share a post from Plimoth Plantation Maritime Artisan Don Heminitz about some of the recent behind-the-scenes work happening at our Marine Rigging and Carpentry Shop in Plymouth while Mayflower II is in dry-dock at Mystic Seaport. Thanks, Don, for the wonderful update, and also to Maritime Artisan George Ward and volunteers Dick Beane, … [Read more…]