A little piece of 1957

This is one of the original leeboards from 1957. The shallop, as I related in an earlier posting, was built in 1957. A crew of local Plymouthians rowed the shallop out to mayflower when the ship sailed into the harbor on June 13th 1957. When the shallop is sailing, the leeboards are used to keep … [Read more…]

Sitting on the Job

Today’s post utilizes some photos I took last week of the marine artisans in action. Although the photos were taken last week they are fairly representative of work on the ship right now. One thing to notice in the photos is everyone is sitting down. Hmm, and I thought our work was physically demanding. In … [Read more…]

Progress Report

This is a quick post to update our progress on the workboat. We have continued, most Fridays from 1-4pm, to build frames and other parts of the new workboat for Mayflower II. The group of volunteers has been fairly consistent and everyone seems to be catching on as to what to do. This is frame … [Read more…]

Here’s to a Great crew

Here’s a view I don’t normally see during sail training. The crew is hard at work setting sails and I am not only, not on the ship, I’m not even on the pier. Last night’s sail training was the first session I have not attended for the entire class. I had a pretty good excuse … [Read more…]

Fifty Years Ago – more or less

An old shipmate George Cushman sent this picture to me. He was crewmember on Mayflower II in the earlier 1990’s. He says his Dad took this picture. When Mayflower II sailed across the Atlantic in 1957 the ship carried a number of "Treasure Chests" filled with goods from British firms. The idea was these firms … [Read more…]

View from the fore bowl

With this entry I will attempt to catch up with the marine staff’s goings-on for the week. As always recently our week is chock-o-block full of activity. The pictures are different views from the fore bowl of what’s happening on the ship. Mostly we have been working on rigging sails. That one short sentence covers a lot … [Read more…]

Sail training begins

Well, there’s no going back now. We started sail training last night and we had a terrific turn out. Over fifty people showed up at Mayflower II ready to try out for one of only 12-14 crew positions in our upcoming sail. I must confess the marine staff always approaches sail training with a bit of … [Read more…]

A sail at Jamestown

This past weekend I had a great opportunity to participate in a small way in the Jamestown Four Hundredth anniversary weekend. I was invited to sail on the Godspeed, one of their new ships designed and built for this occasion. It was whirlwind trip. I flew to Virginia Friday, arrived at the site around 2:30 … [Read more…]

Mayflower is on the move

I have not had a chance to post anything on the blog for a few days. I would like to say it is because Rich Moos is re-vamping/upgrading the blog site to make it easier to do the postings but that’s not really the case. We have been very busy prepping for, then actually moving … [Read more…]