I have recently been contacted by Mr Sean Day, a representative of the Harwich Mayflower Project. I have copied his message in its entirety below. I have not added or removed any of his comments, I have however added my replies to his comments in bold.
From Mr. Sean Day. Harwich Mayflower Project:
So much ill-informed garbage is written on this site about the Project, we hope this response will be published.
This blog has not made any accusations or made assumptions, even though there is absolutely no info coming from the project. I have followed the build where I could and when there was no build I asked what was happening. I have only asked for the Project to be open in their dealings and inform people what is happening with the project. Mr Day, I am more than happy for you to comment again with examples of the “Garbage” you mentioned and I’m offering you the opportunity to put the record straight.
Everyone involved with the project is working very hard to put together a lasting legacy for Harwich. Being an ambitious project it is not without its hurdles but we still believe we will do it. It will be achieved with the help of all our ever growing number of valued supporters who understand what we are trying to do.
“Supporters who understand what you are trying to do”. Maybe they’re “Supporters who are blind to what you are trying to do”?
I agree that a lasting legacy for Harwich is indeed a noble thing. But being totally transparent and letting the good people of Harwich know what is being done at the Project and where their money is going is just as noble. How about it Mr Day, write back to me and tell me when and how you plan to start building the ship and what you’ve done with the near one million pounds you’ve received over the last few years, because it’s not been used to build a ship has it. What exactly are your plans? I am publicly asking you via this blog to explain just what is happening at the Project and why you continually give out misinformation. I and the hundreds of followers and thousand of readers of this blog eagerly await your reply.
The author of this blog got the hump when we decided it was premature to pay a huge sum for a new website he wanted to sell us. We have offered confidential briefings to update him but he has refused to come and talk to us, preferring fourth hand gossip. It’s so easy to be negative.
What a thoroughly nasty, arrogant and deceitful little man you are. You know as well as I do that when I moved out of Harwich, I could no longer come to the project. You seem to have forgotten however that in my 16 months or so there as a volunteer (time which was given for free) I took photos for you, worked on your website, showed tours around, set up your internet system, ran the visitor centre for a week while you were on holiday, spent my own funds to purchase domain names for you, installed an alarm system for free at the visitor centre, helped out at various fayres, and gave up entire weekends to help out at donation pushes.
I got the “hump”. Really? I run my own IT company and offered you my services to update and redesign your website for free. You refused the offer. So later I offered again and gave you a full proposal which was priced at less than you paid for your current website. As I said, I don’t visit the Project because I no longer live in Harwich. “Hump”? No Mr Day I moved, simple as that. But saying I moved wont paint me as a villain will it?
You or any other representatives of the Project have NEVER contacted me to offer any kind of briefing at all. Like so much of what comes out of the Project, that is a blatant lie. I challenge you Mr Day to provide copies of any mail in which you contacted me and offered such a proposal. Several people have left the project and while you might put across why they left, they have no voice. Your one and only shipwright left as well, so now you have no one qualified to build a ship, should it ever happen. You now hope to rubbish me and this blog in an effort to blind people to your lack of openness and your constant lies and misinformation concerning where funds are going and when the build will start. There are two sides to every story, but in your case there’s only one. Your side. It’s so easy to be deceitful.
Harwich and the Project are very important participants in the preparation of the commemorations for the 400th anniversary of the sailing of the Mayflower. We are working closely with national organisations, Mayflower 400 and other parties to make 2020 a year to remember for Harwich and the U.K.
We have a plan and programme supported by accredited professionals that shows the Ship can be ready by 2020. We like to believe the professionals not gossip.
Brilliant! Show it to us, tell us what this proposal is. We like to believe what we hear, but when we hear nothing. what is there for us to believe. Gossip? There has been no ship build in two years, yet you continue to take funds from the public for the “build”. You have not provided any information to the public or your donators regarding progress of the build or how the funds are being spent. That is not gossip Mr Day, it’s fact.
Our visitor numbers are increasing and the international interest in what we are creating is very encouraging. Our new Visitor Centre will be a credit to the important maritime history of Harwich.
There are 3 kinds of lies: Lies, damned lies, and statistics.
Anyone reading this who is genuinely interested in what is going on at the Project, please don’t be party to the fabrications being published, contact us direct; come and see us or through our website, follow us on Facebook; Twitter and Instagram.
Yes, if you want absolutely no information on the ship build and instead want to know about Pokemon, honeybees, sharks and retweets that have nothing to do with the building of a ship, then I agree with Mr Day, pay their social media a visit. On the other hand if you want a well balanced and honest account of the progress, then continue to visit this blog.
The Project see this blog as a thorn in its side because it asks questions and demands answers, while informing the public (something the project refuses to do). Mr Day, I eagerly await your reply to this post and your explanation of how the Project will progress and the latest information on when the build will progress. But I wont hold my breath.