Restoring the Mayflower

Shipwright Chris Sanders uses a timber framers slick, a very large wood chisel, to fair the main deck breast hook of the Mayflower II Thursday, October 12, 2017 at Mystic Seaport's H.B. duPont Preservation Shipyard. The breast hook is a single shaped timber of live oak that connects all the timbers of the fore deck sub structure and surrounding frames. The ship, a replica of the vessel that brought the Pilgrims to the new world in 1620 and built in 1957 in England as a gift to the United States in thanks for support during and after WWII, is an attraction at Plimoth Plantation in Plymouth, Massachusetts and is undergoing a 30-month restoration at the seaport in preparation to sail it again on the 400th anniversary of the Pilgrim's voyage.  (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)
Shipwright Chris Sanders uses a timber framers slick, a very large wood chisel, to fair the main deck breast hook of the Mayflower II Thursday, October 12, 2017 at Mystic Seaport's H.B. duPont Preservation Shipyard. The breast hook is a single shaped timber of live oak that connects all the timbers of the fore deck sub structure and surrounding frames. The ship, a replica of the vessel that brought the Pilgrims to the new world in 1620 and built in 1957 in England as a gift to the United States in thanks for support during and after WWII, is an attraction at Plimoth Plantation in Plymouth, Massachusetts and is undergoing a 30-month restoration at the seaport in preparation to sail it again on the 400th anniversary of the Pilgrim's voyage. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

Shipwright Chris Sanders uses a timber framers slick, a very large wood chisel, to fair the main deck breast hook of the Mayflower II Thursday, October 12, 2017 at Mystic Seaport's H.B. duPont Preservation Shipyard. The breast hook is a single shaped timber of live oak that connects all the timbers of the fore deck sub structure and surrounding frames. The ship, a replica of the vessel that brought the Pilgrims to the new world in 1620 and built in 1957 in England as a gift to the United States in thanks for support during and after WWII, is an attraction at Plimoth Plantation in Plymouth, Massachusetts and is undergoing a 30-month restoration at the seaport in preparation to sail it again on the 400th anniversary of the Pilgrim's voyage.

A tour group peers through scaffolding to view restoration efforts on the Mayflower II Thursday, October 12, 2017 at Mystic Seaport's H.B. duPont Preservation Shipyard.   (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)
A tour group peers through scaffolding to view restoration efforts on the Mayflower II Thursday, October 12, 2017 at Mystic Seaport's H.B. duPont Preservation Shipyard. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)
Shipwright Chris Sanders uses a timber framers slick, a very large wood chisel, to fair the main deck breast hook of the Mayflower II Thursday, October 12, 2017 at Mystic Seaport's H.B. duPont Preservation Shipyard.  (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)
Shipwright Chris Sanders uses a timber framers slick, a very large wood chisel, to fair the main deck breast hook of the Mayflower II Thursday, October 12, 2017 at Mystic Seaport's H.B. duPont Preservation Shipyard. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)
Shipwright Chris Sanders checks the camber as he fairs the the fore deck sub structure of the Mayflower II Thursday, October 12, 2017 at Mystic Seaport's H.B. duPont Preservation Shipyard.  (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)
Shipwright Chris Sanders checks the camber as he fairs the the fore deck sub structure of the Mayflower II Thursday, October 12, 2017 at Mystic Seaport's H.B. duPont Preservation Shipyard. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

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