As the Mayflower build progresses, I know a lot of you are looking forward to seeing the ship start to take shape. Well, this is the first of several posts that will show you the pieces all coming together. The shipwrights continue to work hard in all weathers to build the Mayflower and the latest part to take shape is the Deadwood. The Deadwood is placed at the stern of the ship, on top of the keel to add strength.
In the pictures above, you can see the shipwright shaping the deadwood using an adze. This is a tool that has been found to date back to the stone age and is used for shaping or smoothing wood. Those of you with a keen eye may have spotted a little something in the background….. The Keel!! photography and content: James Kelly.