My Mayflower: The Mayflower II

The first in the My Mayflower series brings to life the people connected to the remarkable story of Mayflower II from those involved in building the ship after World War II, to memories of those who sailed it across the Atlantic and thoughts of those recently involved in the Mayflower II restoration, including anecdotes from people involved with the vessel such as Wendy Piper – daughter of Mayflower II Shipbuilder Stuart Upham and Sailor on board the ship - Peter Padfield, author of Mayflower II Diary: Sketches of a Lost Age.

The Mayflower II is a ship that represents far more than an extraordinary crossing of the Atlantic, symbolising the special relationship between the UK and the United States.

The ship left its Devon harbour for Plymouth, Massachusetts, in 1957. Today the recently restored Mayflower II still epitomises that voyage of hope and endeavour.

Featuring historic on water footage from UK and US destinations, the first in the My Mayflower series will transport viewers on a past and present digital journey across the Atlantic.

This film would not be possible without:

  • Audio interviews by Jo Loosemore, BBC Radio Devon
  • Original footage from Peter Padfield, author of Mayflower II Diary: Sketches of a Lost Age, available from Casa Forte Publishing Video copyright Peter Padfield. Reproduction strictly by request only
  • Footage from Plimoth Plantation and Mystic River Seaport Museum
  • BBC South West
  • Original sketches and image of crew from The Box, Plymouth
  • Funding from Arts Council England
  • Images of Warwick Charlton, courtesy of Randal Charlton, author of the Wicked Pilgrim
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