Thursday, 27 April 2017

Mystic Seaport, CT. April 24, 2017. Part 4. Wandering about.

Notice the eye-bolt and letter 'O'.
 Click on photo to see enlargement.
 There are all sorts of exhibits, most with live interpreters who will explain all about it.  My two favourites were the barrel-maker (cooper) and the building containing many old navigation instruments.
 One photo layout leads to another.
 There are several 'Tall Ships' at Mystic.

 Shipsmith.  A new word for me.

 Not quite so ancient.

 Mystic Whaler leaves her winter berth to prepare for another season of cruising.
She is a reproduction of a late 19th century coastal cargo schooner that was designed for the passenger trade by Chubb Crockett of Camden, Maine.

Built in 1967 in Tarpon Springs, Florida and rebuilt in 1993 in Providence, Rhode Island.
 Weight:  107 tons
Length:  83 ft, Sparred Length:  110 feet.
Beam:  25 ft.
Draft:  7.5 ft.  With centreboard down: 13 ft.
Sail area:  3,000 square ft.
 Schooner rig
Hull:  Steel
Decks:  Vertical grain Douglas Fir

One way to track Tall Ships on your computer is at Sailwx
 Power:  Detroit Diesel 6-71, 175 HP
Transmission:  Twin Disc 508
Generator:  Northern Lights, 30 kW
 Passenger Capacity:  52 day and up to 31 overnight.
Fresh water capacity:  900 gallons
Fuel Capacity:  850 gallons
Tall Ships America.

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Mystic Seaport, CT. April 24, 2017. Part 3. The Mayflower

Mayflower II was built from 1955-57 in the town of Brixham, Devon, England at the Upham Shipyard.  The project was the brainchild of Englishman Warwick Charlton who wanted to commemorate the historic ties between England and the USA, which were strengthened in World War II.  Plimoth Plantation agreed to maintain and exhibit Mayflower II once she reached the US.
 Mayflower II is undergoing a 30 month refit.  Workers are replacing the half-deck area as well as working on the tween deck and topmast rigging.  The hull also requires some major work.

 This restoration is being undertaken in advance of the 400th anniversary
of the Pilgrims' arrival in Plymouth in 1620.

The restoration honours the 106-foot long ship's original construction and uses traditional methods.  
 One of the more labourious tasks that had to be done was the removal of ballast from the bottom of the hold.  This included 130 tons of lead and iron as well as concrete that had been poured into the bottom.  The concrete had to be chiseled or jackhammered out; noisy, dirty work.
The crews who sailed these ships were very brave, and many were lost over the centuries.
Those who put their lives into the hands of these crews and ships must have been desperate, or overly-adventurous.
 Click on photo to see enlargement.
Sourcing of wood suitable for ship building is difficult in this day and age.  The wood being used on Mayflower II is a combination of wood that Mystic Seaport has acquired over the years and wood secured by Plimoth Plantation.
The shipyard is still using wood salvaged from storm-damaged trees from Hurricane Katrina and Charleston, SC.  New lumber is also coming in from Pass Christian MS and New Orleans LA.

Some of the wood and modern machinery to cut it. 

 More info on wood being used for this refit.  Click Here.

Hauling the Mayflower II out of the water.  Click Here.

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Mystic Seaport, CT. April 24, 2017. Part 2. Where rope comes from.

Below:  A tilted view of the Ropewalk.
Click on a photo to see enlargement.
 How is rope made?
Step 1.

Step 2.

Creel that holds the Bobbins.

Iron forming plate.  Details in first Step 2 photo.

Below:  Forming Machine
Step 3.
Below:  Afterturn Machine

Tarring:  Used for standing rigging.
 Below:  Standing rigging on a  merchant ship.  Ropes that hold everything up, such as masts, and bowsprit.
Below:  Running rigging on a merchant ship.  Ropes used for raising, lowering, shaping and controlling sails.

Mystic Aquarium. April 23, 2017

Welcome to...
Click on an image to see a larger version.

 First you pay,
Then the annoying photographers take your photo.

 Belugas.  More down the page.

 In motion.

 There were no butterflies this day.

Above:  Flightless birds.
Below:  Flighted bird.

 The Sea Lions were inside and they had a performance for all concerned.  The Sea Lions certainly had the humans well trained.  They would make a small movement and the human would give them food.
 For a considerable fee you could frolic with the penguins.  One customer paid the money, then would not leave the entrance area, so no frolicking took place.

 They certainly can swim fast.
Each penguin has a unique piece of identification on one wing.

 Above:  We two.
 Outside.  A wonderful display of critters that inhabit the real world.
There were tadwogs and pollypoles galore!

  And, lots of turtles sunning themselves.

 You find the strangest things.
Actually, there was a pond with RC Boats that you could drive around.
These navigation rules were posted there to point out what you need to know.
It was too early in the season for their buoys to be placed.

 This counts as a ship, right?

They had a large display about Belugas in the Arctic but nothing about the pod that lives in the St Lawrence river in the Tadoussac area.

 Below:  Louise.  Adventurous to the end.