On September 7th, Mayflower II was re-launched after nearly three years on the hard at Mystic Seaport. Marlinspike spoke to Plimoth Plantationís Director of Maritime Preservation and Operations, Whit Perry, about this major milestone in her rebuild, and the ongoing plans to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the Pilgrimsí arrival in 1620.
Marlinspike: How long has Mayflower been at Mystic Seaport now?
Whit Perry: Well, the first winter of 2014-15 we spent here at Mystic Seaport out of the water for the discovery process, trying to figure out just how bad the ship was, how much it was going to cost, developing a plan for how we would go about restoring it, creating a proper timeline. And thatís when we began the materials acquisition process.
That winter was spent doing what I call exploratory surgery. Pulling planks off here and there to look behind them, to get an idea of where the rot might be. And then presenting it to my board and getting the support and the go-ahead to start the restoration.