400 years ago in September 1620 an English ship, the Mayflower, transported the first English Puritans, known today as the Pilgrims, from England to the New World. After a gruelling 10 weeks at sea, the Mayflower, with 102 passengers and a crew of about 30, reached America, finding safe harbour in what the settlers would come to know as New Plymouth on November 11th 1620. The anniversary has not gone unnoticed by Paul Hilditch, a designer famed for his historical scenes which often offer snapshots of civilisation and social history. His design features the ship in all its glory at sea with waves crashing beneath. His design takes on the qualities of awesome movement with the sea churning and sails billowing. His colour choice is antique and inky, in-keeping with the raw and rustic moment in time.
In honour of the voyage, a new ship named Mayflower is set to follow in its forebear’s footsteps by crossing the Atlantic from Plymouth, England to Plymouth, Massachusetts, this time on a marine research trip. Its creators hope it will be the first in a new generation of high-tech vessels that can explore ocean regions which have been too difficult or dangerous for venturing before now. Meanwhile, the Royal Mint has unveiled a brand new £2 coin to commemorate the historic Mayflower voyage, with an inscription that reads, ‘Undertaken for the glory of God’. It also features an image of the Mayflower herself, together with the two years that are so important to this historic story: 1620 and 2020. Paul’s design is sure to be one of several impressive commemoratives this year, but surely the only one to capture the emotion and realness of the actual event.
- Designer: Paul Hilditch
- Dimensions: H 25.00 x W 29.00 x D 2.00 cm
- Availability: Please allow up to 6 weeks for delivery
- Product Width29.00cm
- Product Height25.00cm
- Product Depth2.00cm
- Shape:PLQ 10
- Designer:Paul Hilditch
- Limited Edition Size:15
- Design Window (Style):Transport