PROJECT MAYFLOWER PODCASTS
MAYFLOWER II – ORIGINS
Randal Charlton describes what inspired his father Warwick Charlton to build the Mayflower II. How his experience in World War II with British Field Marshall Bernard Montgomery “Monty” allowed him to see first-hand American generosity and sacrifice. Randal also explains “The Deal” between Harry Hornblower and his father that gave Warwick the responsibility for building Mayflower II and sailing her to America.
MAYFLOWER II – NEW YORK CITY 1957
MAYFLOWER II sailed in New York Harbor on July 1, 1957, the first stop on a tour that took her to Miami for the winter and Washington, D.C. in April 1958. The New York event generated tremendous excitement about Mayflower II and her message of democracy across the United States and around the world. But there was more to the story. The Mayflower II has secrets.
MAYFLOWER II – A SOURCE OF INSPIRATION
MAYFLOWER II was relaunched at the Mystic Seaport Museum in Connecticut on September 7, 2019. Nathaniel Philbrick, the best selling author of “Mayflower: A Story of Courage, Community, and War” spoke publicly about the ship, saying “the Mayflower II is much more than a replica of a famous ship. She is a famous ship in her own right. She is also a symbol. A source of inspiration.”
MAYFLOWER II NEWS COVERAGE 1956 – 1957
Mayflower II became a major news story in 1956 and 1957, and the world was eager to hear about her progress. One of the top news organizations covering the story was British Pathé, which had a global audience. Special coverage was provided when the ship was launched at the Brixham Shipyard in England on September 22, 1957. The following spring, audiences on all continents listened as Mayflower II set sail from Plymouth, England on April 20, 1957. When she arrived in Plymouth, Massachusetts 53 days later on June 13, and triumphantly entered New York Harbor on July 1, 1957, the whole world celebrated.
Mayflower II Launches on September 22, 1956 at Brixham Shipyard, England. British Pathé.
Mayflower II Sets Sail for America on April 20, 1957 from Plymouth, England. British Pathé.
Mayflower II Arrives at Plymouth, Massachusetts, on June 13, 1957. British Pathé.
Mayflower II Sails into New York Harbor, July 1, 1957. British Pathé.