Before I round up this year, I’d like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for making this blog as popular as it is and for your continuing comments and emails. It is especially encouraging to get so much feedback from those of you across the pond.
As 2016 comes to an end, I’m going to do my usual end of year update and sadly report that as usual, nothing appears to be happening at the Mayflower Project. The part build which has stalled since 2014 still lies rotting in the Railway yard.
I had hoped that after their last message to this blog, someone from the Project would contact me to inform me and the readers just why there has been no progress in the build since 2014 and what the future holds. But as in the past, the project seemingly refuses to release any information at all, keeping their donators and the people of Harwich firmly in the dark.
Talking of their last message. I believe a Mr Sean day accused me of writing “ill informed garbage”. I’d just like to post a little comment here and leave you to make up your own mind about who’s talking garbage. On may 16th 2016 the Project gave an interview to British Heritage with the following statements in print:
“…go to The Railyard on George Street where you can watch the shipbuilding in action.”
“Shipbuilding began earlier this year”
Ms Lynda Chase-Gardener, a director of the Project, previously stated in the local press that the build would start in January 2016 after work ceased in 2014. Since work on the build stopped in 2014, and indeed right up to today, no work has been undertaken on the build. So why would the project say in print in May 2016 that work had started “earlier in the year” when they were fully aware it hadn’t? Why would they say “watch the shipbuild” when they were aware there was no build? I’ll leave you to make up your own mind on that. Also with a reported start to the build in Jan 2016, and nothing being built, it appears they are now a year behind their planned schedule.
The piece also said “Sea trials are planned for 2018” With no build in progress as we head into 2017 and the Project reporting they have been told it is a 2 year build, even my very basic maths can see a little issue there. Best put those plans on hold guys!
There was also a nice picture of a scale model which the Project has built. A model which may have a disliking for water. It’s been alleged that pieces of it began to fall of when it was recently displayed at a Harwich festival when it rained. Let’s think on that shall we? Ships… Water…
2016 also saw the closure of the training centre. Although touted as a “temporary” closure, there is still no news on when it is expected to re-open.
But as one door closes another opens and the Project unveiled a new visitor centre which was built using local government funding and as far as I know, no donations. So, no training centre and no ship build, but a new visitor centre. It’s not all bad!
Away from the ship build, papers were filed on 11th of November 2016 for “Termination of appointment of director”. Of course I have no idea who is leaving or why, but I feel it only fair to pass on the information. With several directors on the board, it is of course normal for them to come and go, so nothing should be inferred from this information.
As time goes on and we get closer and closer to 2020, it becomes a little worrying that the Project will be able to fulfil their promise of an ocean going replica, without a huge financial injection and a large labour force. As the year comes to a close, let’s hope they can get both.. and pretty quickly!