THE SHIP – Mayflower II’s Untold Story
The Massachusetts Historic Commission voted unanimously in September 2020 to include the Mayflower II in the National Register of Historic Places.
Arriving fall 2020.
THE SHIP sailed into New York Harbor on July 1, 1957 as the world cheered.
Just nine months earlier a secret British Foreign Office memo urged its Boston consulate to stay clear. Then something happened. Its cargo of treasure chests was quietly unloaded a few weeks earlier in Plymouth and no one was talking. When asked about it the answer was “Don’t know,” “Didn’t see anything,” “Heard nothing.” There was also an unexplained $400,000. The ship cost $500,000 to build, but only $100,000 was identified. Where did the rest come from? Why was the U.S. Navy flying overhead? Did a Middle East crisis have anything to do with events in New York? Who was Warwick Charlton and why had the government been watching him for two years? The “Code of Silence” that kept these events hidden for more than sixty years has finally been broken thanks to declassified government documents from the U.S. and U.K., access to a special archive and good detective work analysis. It is a tale of privilege, power and punishment.