Many thanks to all who visited Mayflower II and our hospitality tent at the 2017 WoodenBoat Show at Mystic Seaport! We enjoyed chatting with hundreds of new friends and offering behind-the-scenes tours of the restoration progress. Nearly 500 visitors signed trunnels — wooden “tree nails” — that will be used in the ship, making them … [Read more…]
Join us at WoodenBoat Magazine’s 26th Annual WoodenBoat Show, hosted by Mystic Seaport! Tickets can be purchased here: https://thewoodenboatshow.com/ 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…]
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.