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…]

Visit us at the Mystic Seaport WoodenBoat Show!

Join us at WoodenBoat Magazine’s 26th Annual WoodenBoat Show, hosted by Mystic Seaport! Tickets can be purchased here: Plimoth Plantation staff and Maritime Artisans will be on hand next to Mayflower II, in the Henry B. DuPont Preservation shipyard, celebrating the 60th anniversary of the historic ship’s arrival to Plymouth Harbor. We look forward … [Read more…]

Welcome Whit Perry!

Whit Perry

Please join us in welcoming Marc Whitney—“Whit”—Perry as the museum’s associate director for maritime preservation and operations! Whit comes to Plimoth Plantation with over 30 years of experience working with wooden boats. His most recent post was at the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, where he maintained and operated three square-rigged vessels for nearly 10 years. Whit has … [Read more…]

The painting season is upon us

  Now that the weather has stabilized somewhat, in between repair projects and other matters, we have begun painting the ship. Mostly we work from staging that hangs over the side. This year we will also have access to a large float from which we can  paint near the waterline. Why do I bring this … [Read more…]

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…]