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…]
Mayflower II, Plimoth Plantation’s full-scale reproduction of the ship that carried the Pilgrims to Massachusetts in 1620, will soon mark 60 years since its well-publicized arrival in Plymouth, Massachusetts on June 13, 1957. Built in England and sailed across the Atlantic by an adventurous crew, the ship was a gift from the people of England … [Read more…]
Shipwrights from Mystic Seaport and Plimoth Plantation recently went to the Gulf Coast this to harvest live oak trees to be used in Mayflower II’s restoration – one in Pass Christian, MS, and the second in Belle Chasse, LA. Pass Christian resident Diane Brugger donated a tree as a legacy to her late husband, Tony, who died during Hurricane … [Read more…]
Mayflower II, Plimoth Plantation’s 1957 historic reproduction of the ship that carried the Pilgrims to Massachusetts in 1620, is scheduled to begin the return journey to her mooring at the State Pier on the Plymouth, Massachusetts waterfront on Sunday, June 5 from Mystic, Connecticut. As our regular readers are aware, the nearly 60-year-old wooden vessel … [Read more…]
Our wonderful partners at Mystic Seaport’s Henry B. duPont Preservation Shipyard have been hard at work on the most recent phase of Mayflower II‘s restoration project this winter, alongside Plimoth Plantation’s maritime staff and artisans. Using a combination of traditional and modern tools and techniques in keeping with the ship’s original construction, Mystic Seaport’s shipwrights … [Read more…]
Watch this video Don Heminitz, Plimoth Plantation maritime artisan assistant, made the other day as we were going in the water! We only lowered the ship part way “to get her feet wet” so to speak. We will lower it the rest of the way on Monday.
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 … [Read more…]
Well, we are in the midst of performing exploratory surgery on Mayflower II. We are not finding huge surprises, but are finding exactly what we expected…the ship needs a major refit. Above, Paul Haley working on his survey with project manager Rob Whalen in the basket! Then a few days … [Read more…]