The Harwich Mayflower is a brilliant, audacious project to build the Mayflower ship, set sail on an exciting Voyage across the Atlantic Ocean, and land as the Founding Fathers did 400 years ago, in America. I wholly support this inspiring Charity who provide employment and training to an ever-growing army of young people and volunteers. The Harwich Mayflower Project IS making history and changing lives. This is THE Charity to watch.”
Sir Richard Branson
Just IMAGINE …
…you were going aboard ship 400 years ago bound for a country ripe for settlement and seeking a new life free of restrictions where the rewards would be in proportion to your own efforts. Imagine you were one of the first among the Pilgrim Fathers and their families who embarked in the Mayflower of Harwich and faced a voyage of 3,000 miles across the North Atlantic Ocean.
You and another 120 souls would have placed your life in the hands of the Mayflower’s Master, Christopher Jones, and the handful of mariners and seamen who made up the crew of this small ship which was typical of the vessels with which the English were beginning to build a reputation for distant voyages.
Imagine the extremes of weather and the heavy seas the little Mayflower would have to endure as she battled her way to the westwards in order to make her landfall safely in what you would come to call Massachusetts in New England.
Captain Jones’s house still stands in the ancient town of Harwich in the English county of Essex and not far away we are building a sea-going replica of the Mayflower, a ship made famous by that trans-Atlantic passage of 1620. Our goal is to embark on a Commemorative Voyage in 2020, to remember the remarkable achievement of the Mayflower, her Master, crew and passengers and their part in the founding of what would become the United States of America.
Welcome To The Harwich Mayflower Project
To achieve this, The Mayflower Project has two aims, the first of which is, of course, to build and fit-out a working replica of the Mayflower herself. In doing so, we intend to re-establish Harwich as a maritime hub and a centre of learning and enterprise for the future – our second objective.
By reinvigorating traditional boat-building skills and integrating these with modern working practices and processes, The Mayflower Project will provide employment and educational opportunities throughout Harwich and the surrounding area.
We want to reignite the passion and self-belief generated by the voyage of the original Mayflower, to fire the imagination of our young participants and to reconsolidate our much-valued links with the United States of America.