The origin of the Mayflower has often been in question. Some historians believe the boat was built in Plymouth, England and carried a crew from that city. Proof has always been scarce, however. Now a rival claim to the Mayflower by the port town of Harwich states that the ship's crew were from Essex and only set foot briefly in the West Country before starting their transatlantic voyage. The newer claim claims that the Mayflower was built in Harwich, England. Harwich's supporters say their town was the Mayflower's home port, the place she was built, and the birthplace of her captain.
A charity, the Harwich Mayflower Project, wants to launch a full-size replica of the 100ft vessel and sail it to America for the 400th anniversary in 2020, but organisers of the £2.5 million (roughly $3.9 million US dollars) project say their fund-raising efforts are being hampered by Plymouth's monopoly of the Mayflower story. Andy March, the organiser of the Harwich Mayflower Project, said: "It may put Plymouth noses out of joint, but we are determined that everyone should know of Harwich's role."
You can read more in The Telegraph at http://goo.gl/UAYrY.
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