The Big Day

So….This is going to sort of sound like confession but, it has been about three weeks since my last posting. If anyone is following this blog the last posting I did was a Friday just as we were finishing up painting the ship. We had two weeks before the sail and about a thousand items … [Read more…]


After a dreary forth of July break we are back at it. This damp weather has forced a change of plans. It is too wet to paint so we are indoors catching up on small projects. Finishing up a new set of flags, preparing odds and ends to be attached to the ship when the … [Read more…]

Friday Report

There’s not too much to report that is new and exciting on the maritime artisans front. We are painting, painting, and painting, the ship. Things are actually shaping up. The sail training crew was able to sneak in some scraping and sanding Thursday night before the rain set in and sent us all to the … [Read more…]

This week at Mayflower II

No- this is not a picture of a Maritime Artisan who has succumbed to heat stroke. On Tuesday night Jennifer, from Jordan Hospital’s educational outreach programs, taught a CPR  course for our sailing crew. CPR is a good thing to know and hope to never need. Jennifer did a fantastic job making a somewhat complicated … [Read more…]

End of the Week Report

It’s Friday again. We are fully engaged in the painting mode. Some of the sailing crew has come in during the week. Thanks Heidi, Diane, and Dick Beane. The maritime artisans staff paints nearly full time now. We have odds and ends we try to get done but mostly it is scrape, sand, paint & … [Read more…]

A posting

There is a perk of running the sail-training program for Mayflower II. I let my daughter, Abby, who just turned fifteen, to come down to the ship and try her hand at climbing in the rigging. She and her older sister have been sailing since they were little kids. She learned to sail in a … [Read more…]

Friends of Mayflower II

The mayflower sailing crew, the Garvey building volunteers and the maritime artisans staff continued to make great strides this week. Thursday night our sailing crew spent two hours scraping and sanding the ship in preparation to painting. We had three or four people on the main mast scraping away the old linseed oil finish. We … [Read more…]


We started painting the ship on Monday. If anyone has looked at the ship recently they have noticed it has needed some paint for some time. In some seasons we spend from mid June into September painting depending on how thorough a job we are doing. Five or six years ago we spent two whole … [Read more…]

Images From The Past

Here are some more pictures from 1957. Wednesday is the fiftieth anniversary of the ships arrival. This past weekend a family friend and Plantation neighbor Marsha Sykes gave me copies of some pictures she found in her family collection of photos. There is a treasure trove of images in this collection. Here are some fun … [Read more…]

Catching up

There is a lot to catch up with since the last post. Thursday evening, scheduled as a sail training night, turned into moving the ship back to her berth night. Earlier in the week the contractors informed us that they would be finished with the fender repairs to our side of the pier by Thursday … [Read more…]