Positioned towards the western end of the English Channel the port of Falmouth has played an important part in the nation’s maritime affairs for centuries.
The great natural harbour provided shelter from storm and enemy alike. Its shipyards built and repaired merchant ships which would sail the oceans of the world in search of trade.
Before the days of wireless communication Falmouth was a major port for ships ‘calling for orders’ when they arrived back in home waters. Here they were met by shipping agents giving instructions for delivery of cargoes. The arrivals
were brought into port by highly skilled Trinity House pilots who sailed out to meet them in their fast pilot cutters, often as far as the Isles of Scilly.
This book is about the development of the town, its harbour, and its shipping.It is also about the people who spent their working lives around the Fal estuary and along the dangerous and magnificent coastline of west Cornwall.
David Wilson has had many years of experience in amateur
archaeology, local history studies and sailing traditional craft. He has previously published books on the history of the River Thames, including The Thames, Record of a Working Waterway and The Victorian Thames. Following a career as a Thames lock keeper he retired to Cornwall in 1997 and has since produced the booklet The Mills of a Cornish Valley and the book Falmouth Haven. He has got
to know his subject intimately, while sailing on the Fal estuary and walking the cliffs of southwest Cornwall. Since 2003 he has worked in Falmouth as a gallery and library volunteer at the National Maritime Museum Cornwall.
Imprint: Halsgrove. ISBN 978 0 85704 223 1, hardback, 297x210mm, 160 pages. Published March 2014.