Replica Mayflower to visit Boston?
The Mayor of Harwich welcomed guests The Mayor of Boston, Alison Austin, and Mayor's Consort, Richard Austin, to view the Mayflower Project and discuss plans for 2020 to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the voyage of the Mayflower to the New World carrying the Pilgrim Fathers.
As well as being Mayor of Boston, Alison Austin's full title also includes "Admiral of the Wash". Their visit was prompted by the launch of the countdown to 2020 at the Plymouth "Illuminate" event in November last year.
Alison Austin said: "The Harwich Mayflower Project is a very ambitious and impressive project. I wish it every success. We hope that the replica Mayflower will be able to visit Boston whilst undergoing its sea trials. Like Harwich, it is important for Boston to be able to capitalise on its heritage and historic links with America."
The Guildhall in Boston was built in 1390 and is famous, among other things in its long history, for imprisonment of the Pilgrim Fathers in 1607.
Bostonians escaping religious persecution followed the Pilgrim Fathers to the New World helping to form the new community of Boston, Massachusetts, and becoming important figures in the establishment of governance and laying the foundations for democracy and freedoms in America. Among the "Boston Men" were teachers from Boston Grammar School who built America's first state school, modelled on the school they had left behind. This school was the very beginnings of state education in America.
From left: Mayoress of Harwich, Mayor of Harwich, Mayor of Boston Alison Austin, Mayor's Consort Richard Austin and a representative from the Olsen Line pose in front of the ribs of the first part of the reconstruction of "The Mayflower"