Framingham State University in Massachusetts has agreed to donate sections of a large white oak on campus to Plimoth Plantation to help repair Mayflower II, the full-scale replica of the original Mayflower that sailed to Plymouth in 1620.
The University was already planning to remove the tree this summer to make room for a new science building that will provide students with access to 16 laboratories. The project is being undertaken by the Massachusetts Department of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance.
“We’re thrilled that this beautiful tree is being put to good use and will live on as part of Mayflower II,” said Framingham State President Timothy J. Flanagan. “Plimoth Plantation is a wonderful living museum that provides thousands of families each year with a fantastic learning experience.”
Mayflower II is currently undergoing extensive renovations at the shipyard in Fairhaven, Massachusetts. The 56-year-old wooden sailing ship requires very specific and often difficult to find wood to complete her repairs.
Sections of the white oak will be used to replace Mayflower II’s planks and frames. The contractors removing and transporting the tree later this month are Barr & Barr Construction, from Framingham; W.L. French Excavating Corp. from North Billerica; and R.J. Cobb Land Clearing, Inc., from Bellingham.
Watch a video of the Mayflower II restoration by CLICKING HERE.
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