As you know from earlier posts, sometimes I like to move away from the build a little and give you a taste of what else is happening at the project, so my next few posts will be a little bit of background before I get back to the build.
Now that the visitor centre at the Harwich Mayflower Project is open, they’re getting lots of visitors (if you’re anywhere near, you can always pop down between 9am and 5pm week days) and as I wander around with my camera, sometimes I help out by taking people to look at the Mayflower. A few days ago, I was sitting in the office when a few guys walked in and asked if they could see how the project was progressing. It turned out they had arrived by boat and their barge was moored at the Harwich Quay. After they had a tour, myself and Sean Day were invited to have a look at their barge. I grabbed my camera and followed them to the quay and this time it was my turn to be the visitor and take a tour around their boat, “Nooit Volmaakt”, which is Dutch for “Never perfect”. The guys welcomed us in and put the kettle on for some of the best coffee I’ve had in a while. It turns out that not only was the owner a mean coffee maker, he’s also part of a troupe called “Prates of the carabina” and on top of that he’s also called Fluffy! No, I didn’t ask.
After listening to some seafaring stories and enjoying some wonderful hospitality, I left the Three Men in a Boat and headed back to the Project, but not before I got some pictures for you. Photography and content: James Kelly
It’s been a little hectic at The Mayflower Project lately as they rush to get the visitor centre open in time for this weekend’s Harwich Sea Festival & Lifeboat day. While the finishing touches were being added, a group of visitors from Tampa in Florida arrived. They were shown around the build and then became the first visitors to look around the new visitor centre. I was there taking photos and I have to say, they were lovely people, especially the lady that presented me with a “Hug Licence”. I took several photographs and they kindly allowed us to use some here on the blog.
If you’d like to visit The Mayflower Project, they’re open between 9am and 5pm. Visitors are warmly welcomed and get a guided tour of the build site as well as an up close and personal tour of the Mayflower, as she rises from the English oak in the yard where the project is housed. I’ve been there several times over the past few weeks and I’m still enthralled by the sight of the keel and the sternpost, that in just a few short years will be in the water and making regular trips to the USA. If you want to see the Mayflower at the early stages of it’s build, why not pay them a visit. I’m sure they’d love to see you and you may even get your picture on the ship’s blog! Photograph and content: James Kelly.
The Harwich Mayflower Project always welcomes visitors, in fact they are positively enthusiastic about showing people around and updating them on what’s happening. While I’d recommend making an appointment to be shown around, most times there will always be someone available to take you around the site if you show up between 9am and 5pm weekdays.
They’ve had several such visitors in the past few days. Today a group that included a couple from North Carolina arrived and were shown around. Unfortunately I didn’t manage to get any pictures, but I did get some a few days ago when a group from Holland arrived on their own boat, The Rosetta, which was berthed at the Harwich Quay. Photography and content: James Kelly.