On The Move

Things are moving in the shipyard these days. And by moving I mean up in the air. Today the crane was back to help us put the pieces of Mayflower II that have been missing for a while back in their rightful place. To prepare for the reinstallation of the bowsprit we made a pattern … [Read more…]

Shutter Plank

Technically, the shutter plank is the last plank fastened to the hull closing up any opening made in the side of the ship.  While the entire hull has not been closed in yet,(there are still five planks to fit and fasten on the starboard side),  the shutter plank for the port side has been fit, … [Read more…]

Simple machines make tough jobs easier.

Those who have been reading this blog will remember the white oak tree donated by Framingham State University.   These tree sections were dropped off By Bob Cobb a very careful and skillful truck and crane operator. He estimated the combined weight of the trunks was around 6 tons. We have to make usable timbers … [Read more…]

In Search of White Oak

This post should more accurately be titled: In search of high quality, long lengths of clear white oak that meets Coast Guard specifications,  but that just didn’t sound very snappy. In the course of our current restoration efforts we have met many very generous individuals who have been willing to donate the white oak trees … [Read more…]

Meanwhile, back at Plymouth…

Other work continues at Plymouth despite the focus on Mayflower II and the restoration efforts at Fairhaven.   We launched the shallop recently, ( I say recently because the date we did this  actually escapes me at the moment.) Like Mayflower II, the shallop was built in 1957 to plans designed by William Baker. It … [Read more…]

Georgia Live Oak

I am happy to report we received a shipment of live oak stock from Georgia this past Sunday. A sawyer, Steve Cross of Cross Sawmill in Iron City, Georgia came up with the remaining pieces of wood we need for this round of frame repairs. His mill had sawn frame stock for the San Sebastian … [Read more…]

It’s May

  Finally, a neighbor in the shipyard who gets us. This is the Shenandoah, a wooden schooner that sails out of Martha’s Vineyard. They do week long trips around the Cape and Islands as well as day charters and private functions. She was built in 1964 in Maine and like Mayflower II requires steady, reliable upkeep. … [Read more…]

This week in the shipyard

Work on the hull steadily continues as the weather warms up. With six new planks fastened to the hull the crew in the shipyard have removed another rotted frame. Inside the ship we are fitting a new deck beam for the beakhead project. The beam is 5 1/2″ x 7 1/2″  and about 10′ long. … [Read more…]