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End of the season, end of the year, ongoing work.

December 11th, 2013 by Plimoth Plantation

The last few months, while I have not posted to this blog, our readers can be assured we have been busy with all kinds of work aboard Mayflower II. The work ranges from the mundane to movie making.

On the more ordinary end of things we spent a week or so taring the rigging. The dedicated reader of this blog will know from previous posts that brushing pine tar onto all the standing rigging is a once or twice annual process for us. Sometimes the cast of characters change but the process has remanded the same for the fifty plus years Mayflower II has been around and of course the sailor’s task of coating the rigging with tar is as old as, well, rigging and pine tar.

John Lebica claims to enjoy tarring.

John Lebica claims to enjoy tarring.

John has been working with us the past few months. While he is an intelligent man and a pleasure to work with I have my suspicions about his professed joy for tarring.

He also likes to paint:

John Lebica painting

John Lebica painting

Other ongoing work that readers of the blog will remember is the beak head project. We are done. Note the staging is gone and also note the beautiful paint job, well at least as far back as the cat head.

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Some of our work has not been on the ship at all. We have been wrestling with the white oak tree donated by Framingham State University earlier this year. A sawyer with a portable mill came and looked at the logs. He said immediately upon getting out of his truck that the logs were too big for his machine to pick up. So we split the logs in half  lengthwise with wedges. It only took a few hours per log.

first section split

first section split

four halves awaiting the bandsaw mill.

four halves awaiting the bandsaw mill.

Finally, lately we have been dressing up the ship for a film shoot. It is always interesting to get a different perspective on a story we know here at Plimoth Plantation so well. Details of the shoot are necessarily shrouded in secrecy.

Lower deck, looking aft.

Lower deck, looking aft.

 

We are currently in the midst of down rigging. While the rig went up so late this year as a result of our belated return to Plymouth, it is best to take it all down again in order to inspect, repair, or replace anything that might prove deficient. In other words, more of the same for now.

4 Responses to “End of the season, end of the year, ongoing work.”

  1. Jackie Dannenberg says:

    I grew up in Kingston and at age 23 moved to Vermont, then eastern middle New York but in 1990, I moved to Huntsville, Alabama. It’s funny as a kid growing up, when it’s “in your backyard”, you don’t appreciate it one bit. Once you move away and age a bit, gaining appreciation for one’s roots, I am VERY interested in all that’s going on back home especially such a historic artifact as Mayflower II.
    Thank you SO much for taking care of her so well. When I get back home for a visit, I’d love to see her again. We were there for school trips of course. We also took some out-of-towners there to visit too. I will be looking forward to seeing her with appreciative eyes. Thanks again !

  2. Rick McKee says:

    I have no doubt that John loves the smell of tar in the morning! Great to see him—thanks for the update Peter!

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