|The Mayflower II undergoing repairs at the|
Fairhaven, Massachusetts shipyard
Instead of just patching up the ship, it was decided the time was ripe for a extensive emergency renovation to take place over the winter. Usually wooden ships built around 1620 would have a life of about 20 or 25 years. In 1957 the Mayflower II was built as close as possible to what a ship of this era would have been originally designed. Now she is over 55 years old, and this extensive repair work is not unusual at all to keep her seaworthy. Even the USS Constitution, which now over 200 years old, has had about 90% of the original parts replaced. Captain Peter Arenstam of the Mayflower II estimates that about 70% of his ship is still original to 1957.
|A craftsman uses his shoulder to guide in a new section of a rib on the side|
of the Mayflower II. The hand craftsmanship of the repairs reminded me
of what the original shipbuilders must have been doing in the early 17th century.
|Captain Arenstam leads the tour of the Mayflower II in drydock|
|A special member of the tour was Joseph Meany, who was the original cabin boy on the|
Mayflower II's voyage from England to Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1957.
Can you find him in the photo to the left?*
|Vincent and Captain Peter Arenstam of the Mayflower II|
To donate to the repair of the Mayflower II please see this webpage:
The search is on for very, very large white oak trees to supply the planking and beams for the Mayflower II repairs. Do you know any large white oak trees? Read this post:
*Joe Meany is the young man sitting on the deck of the Mayflower II with the "cape" on his shoulders. (Second to the right, seated in the front row) He had his graduation ceremony on board the Mayflower II at sea on June 2, 1957, perrformed by the crew. You can read about that here:
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