■ BY NANCY LYONS
On Friday, Oct. 6, 2017 I went aboard the Mayflower II with Quentin Snedecker, the Mystic Seaport Museum’s shipyard director.
It was unique and awe inspiring to be aboard such a historic vessel being rebuilt in Mystic, Conn. In the process of walking her decks I learned that in the language of the shipyard, she is very shapely. Her champagne glass stern and curving, rounded sides represent the state-of-the-art ship design that could be found in 1620.
There is lots of wood that needs to be replaced, and the replacement wood is live oak. The live oak is from a forest planted by the Danish Navy in the 19th century. The trees were planted in anticipation of them subsequently being used all over the world to preserve old wooden vessels.
Come to the Boca Grande Historical Society lecture titled, “The Mayflower: The Voyage that Changed the World” on Thursday, Feb. 8 at 3 p.m. in the Boca Grande Community Center. You will learn why her original capstan was totally rotten, that the vessel has 90 hanging knees (all of which need to be replaced), and that she displaces 180 tons.You will lean about the extraordinary people who sailed her predessor to the New World and planted the seeds of democracy in the soil of what would become the United States of America.
The lecture is free to all and a reception will follow immediately afterward in the Woman’s Club Room.
Call the Boca Grande Historical Society at 964-1600 for more information.