The replica ship Mayflower II is undergoing extensive repairs at the Fairhaven Shipyard in Fairhaven, Massachusetts. Routine work that started earlier this winter revealed that repairs to the ship’s frame could not be deferred, and will delay the ship’s launch until May, according to a press release from Plimoth Plantation Museum. Once completed, the vessel will return to her familiar berth on the Plymouth waterfront.
Maintenance and restoration are facts of life for the 56-year-old wooden sailing ship. The ship was towed to dry dock in December for routine Coast Guard inspection and repairs to her planking. These, along with the subsequently discovered work on the ship’s frame, are necessary to keep the ship seaworthy and to meet Coast Guard regulations. This work was originally planned for a later phase of the ship’s overall restoration plan. The pressing need to complete the repairs to the frame and planking before the ship returns to Plymouth for the 2013 season accelerates the Museum’s need to raise additional near-term funding to help support Mayflower II.
A dedicated web page provides updates on the restoration effort and information on how to support the repairs. CLICK HERE for more information.
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