Scotia Creek is the project regarding the install of a new structure, celebrating the 400th anniversary of the Pilgrim Fathers at Scotia Creek near Boston in 2021.
In the 1600s, a small congregation of separatists (known as the ‘Scooby Congregation’) decided to flee the UK and head to Holland. They met at Scotia Creek in 1607, but on the night they were due to leave for Holland they were betrayed, captured and imprisoned in Boston Guildhall. A year later the Pilgrims succeeded in their escape to Holland, before eventually sailing from Plymouth in September 1620, landing on 9 November at Cape Cod in New England.
The metal viewing platform will allow visitors to look out to the Wash and beyond, at an important spot in the story of the Mayflower Pilgrims and their voyage to New England in the 1600s.
The joint project between Transported, Boston Borough Council and Lincolnshire County Council is part of a series of projects in the Boston area celebrating the Mayflower’s 400th anniversary, including our Illuminate events.
The new structure incorporates an elevated 5m metal deck with a balustrade containing features depicting the navigational journey to the New World, and the stars in the night sky used to get there.
The deck is level with the top of the new bank profile, and accessed from it. The design considers themes of navigation relating to migration, flight and exploration of unknown worlds.
The platform provides shelter and has seating that can be altered by visitors to give views back to Boston, as well as out to sea.
Artists Mathew Springett and Rhys Cannon were commissioned to create a piece that is inspired by the town’s maritime history.