THE MAYFLOWER PROJECT
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 PREQUEL – THE LEIDEN YEARS
J.L. Rose discusses her new novel, “Before the Mayflower” and the impact the Dutch city of Leiden had on the Pilgrims during the thirty years they lived there before they sailing to the New World aboard the Mayflower. It was the Dutch Golden Age, when art, literature and new ideas were flourishing. The Netherlands had a major influence on the English Pilgrims, and America has roots in Holland that are explored in this exciting story.
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.”
THE IMPORTANCE OF CONFIDENCE IN LIFE AND BUSINESS
Randal Charlton talks about the important role confidence plays when a person faces challenges and must overcomes adversity. “How Failure is an Important Part of Building Confidence” is relevant today as America and the world react to the global Coronavirus pandemic. Part of The Mayflower Project, which explores how courage, teamwork and optimism help define the American spirit. From his TEDx Talk Detroit 2011.
Journalist Charles Gustine discusses Mayflower II with Tom Begley – Executive Liaison at Plimoth Plantation and Randal Charlton, author of “The Wicked Pilgim: The True Story of the Englishman Who Gave Mayflower II to America.” In the 1950s, there was a movement afoot in the US and the UK to put a replica of the Mayflower in the water. For one man to become an obsession. Published March 28, 2019.
Journalist Charles Gustine discusses Mayflower from a British perspective with Dr. Anna Scott and Jo Loosemore of Mayflower 400 United Kingdom. The Mayflower is an American icon that began as a ship full of Brits who wanted to colonize northern Virginia but were blown off course and ended up in Plymouth. What they did next changed the world forever. Published December 22, 2018.
Journalist Lee Howard of The Day Newspaper in New London, Connecticut, interviews Randal Charlton regarding his new book “The Wicked Pilgrim: The True Story of the Englishman Who Gave Mayflower II to America.” Mystic Seaport is where Mayflower II was restored during a three year period that culminated with her relaunch on September 7, 2019. The podcast was released on February 5, 2020.
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.
MAYFLOWER MOMENTS – SPONSORABLE VIGNETTES
Mayflower Moments are 30, 60 and 90 second vignettes that tell Mayflower’s powerful message of Courage, Teamwork and Optimism. They are available for use inside standard commercial advertising pods or as standalone messages at point-of-purchase points in retail settings.
Example 1. Thanksgiving 1621 and 1789 President George Washington messaging.
Example 2. Thanksgiving 1621 and 1863 President Abraham Lincoln messaging.
Example 3. Thanksgiving 1621 and 1941 President Franklin D. Roosevelt messaging.