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 – 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.

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.  

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.  


Mayflower II  and Plimoth Plantation

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.     

Mayflower – A British American Icon

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.


Mayflower II  and Mystic Seaport

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 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.



THE MAYFLOWER PROJECT  explores stories of courage, teamwork and optimism that help define the American spirit. It brings together authors and readers for an exchange of ideas, questions and answers.  It is connects people who want to know more about Mayflower and Mayflower II.   We invite you to join us!

“Before the Mayflower” by J.L Rose. Available from Amazon as eBook or paperback.  Click image above for author’s website.  Available  FREE $0 with Kindle Unlimited.


“The Wicked Pilgrim” by Randal Charlton.  Available from Amazon as eBook or paperback. Click image above for author’s website.  Available FREE $0 with Kindle Unlimited.

Amazon Kindle Descriptions.

The Wicked Pilgrim: The Dramatic True Story of the Man Behind the Building of Mayflower II.  By Randal Charlton

MAYFLOWER’s 400th Anniversary is 2020. Englishman Warwick Charlton built the MAYFLOWER II in 1957 as a gift to America. This is the dramatic true biography of his life and accomplishments. Today, the ship connects 35 million MAYFLOWER descendants.

Before the Mayflower: A Novel.  By J. L. Rose 

If you were living in civilized places like England or the Netherlands, why would you consider boarding the Mayflower, bound for the New World? The Atlantic crossing would be a nightmare, with the threat of storms, pirates, and cramped and dark conditions. Even if you reached land, you were destined for a wild place, lacking shelter and filled with uncertainty. Your odds of survival hovered at fifty percent.

WHEN.    April 2020.  Exact dates to be announced.

WHERE.  You favorite device:  Tablet, phone, desktop, laptop

TELL US YOUR QUESTIONS.  Click here to ask the authors your questions.

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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.