Beautiful Mayflower replica model revealed

Jul 22, 2019

A beautifully designed scale replica of the Mayflower has been created by apprentices in Plymouth, with hopes it will go on display as part of the Mayflower 400 commemorations.

The stunning model was made from steel using a range of intricate techniques and machinery by apprentices studying at City College Plymouth.

It has been revealed ahead of the 400th anniversary year of the Mayflower’s sailing from Plymouth to America, and it's hoped it will be showcased at the city’s new heritage attraction The Box in 2020.


Mayflower model City College Plymouth

The 30 apprentices are employed by local businesses including Aldermans, Babcock, Pipex px and Princess Yachts. The engineering, welding, fabrication, naval architecture, mechanical and electrical apprentices worked together in teams to create scale models out of metal with functioning parts.

They started work on this in May, allocating roles and responsibilities (from project management to assembly) and working on the engineering drawings, which formed the basis of the ship’s components.


Mayflower model City College Plymouth

They worked alongside 16 Babcock apprentices who worked on a replica of the Royal Navy Type 23 frigate, HMS Portland. This was constructed from aluminium and is a water-tight, working model, fitted with an electrical motor. This replica will be used for outreach STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) activities in local schools.

College lecturer, Leigh McCaffrey, who supervised the apprentices, said: “They did an amazing job - these are really challenging projects and through the process the students really came into their own, gaining skills and confidence.”

HMS Portland model Plymouth

If you are interested in a career in the engineering industry and would like to find out about the range of courses and Apprenticeships available at City College Plymouth, call 01752 305300 or visit

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