The beautiful live oak that was…

Posted on April 5, 2017

The beautiful live oak that was donated to Mystic Seaport recently by a homeowner in Pass Christian, Miss. is getting ready to make its way into the MAYFLOWER II restoration. Pictured here is floor timber # 13. The men have laid a pattern on the wood to follow when cutting – it is cut with a changing bevel following the form of the hull. This is referred to as a “rolling bevel”.

Now that the cover is on and the steel support structure is in place we’re moving ahead with renewing MAYFLOWER II framing. We’ve started with the floor timbers. These are the lowest part of a frame that cross over the keel. We’ll then go to “naval timbers” and frame “futtocks” (overlapping sections of frame) moving progressively up the hull.

You can watch the saw mill action and visit MAYFLOWER II in our Henry B. duPont Preservation Shipyard. We are open 9-5 daily.

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