Long out of print, Warwick Charlton's The Second Mayflower Adventure has been reissued with a new foreword, and illustrations culled from both the US and UK editions of his book. As the back states:
"It was Warwick Charlton's dream . Against all odds, and at a time when England was still recovering from World War II, Charlton dreamed of sailing a new Mayflower to America. In 1957, a reconstruction of the ship that symbolized the Pilgrims' voyage would be a gift to show "gratitude and appreciation for what the Americans had done to help England both during and after the war." But not everyone could see the vision."
"Then the pessimists opened fire.... The right wood for her could never be found, they said, nor the shipwrights to work it. And if she were built, no master could be found to sail her nor a crew to man her. How could you sail a ship like that across the fierce North Atlantic? What, no engines? Forget it!"
-Allan Villiers, Men, Ships, and the Sea
"Warwick Charlton was the man who made it happen. Reading his book brought back all the mixed excitement and trepidation I had felt when first gazing at the lovely seventeenth century lines and rigging of Mayflower II in Brixham harbour before that unforgettable voyage across the Atlantic. The ship and the remarkable evocation of the Pilgrim Fathers' experience at Plimoth Plantation stand as his memorial."
-Peter Padfield, naval historian, mariner Mayflower II, 1957.