Port and Cove

Cornwall has many small ports and tiny coves that shelter fishing vessels from the often very rough seas of the plymouth shipping forecast area. That they also have provided landing grounds for smugglers over the centuries – Brandy for the Parson, Backy for the Clerk – is well known… It’s also an area rich with English naval history where the tale is more one of Rum, Bum and Backy – at least the Backy was a constant!

Today Cornwall remains a county of small but still important ports and also retains those coves which, whilst now graced by wet-suited wind-surfers, carry a romantic tradition of smuggling and piracy. Fowey and Par service the china clay industry of the St.Austell area. Charlestown, built for the China Clay industry, houses some large sailing vessels and Polkerris provides a quiet cove for families and water sports. Here are some photos from Charlestown and Polkerris…

Charlestown Harbour

Vessels in Charlestown Harbour

Charlestown Harbour

Charlestown Harbour from the clay loading ramp




Enjoying the beach and climbimg the cliffs at Polkerris


Fishing from the harbour wall at Polkerris


Looking across the bay towards Par from Polkerris harbour wall



  1. Those boats look so interesting: I would itch to climb on board.

    • They’re normally open to the public Colline but sadly were closed due to the heavy rain – makes the decks dangerous for us landlubbers 🙂

  2. I tend to sink better than I float (so Davy Jones tends to keep me close to land)… but… wow! Those are some ridiculously impressive vessels! Quite the lookers (to say the least)!

    • There is something impressive about a tall ship – but not impressing enough to make me seek a life of adventure upon the Spanish Maine. I’ll stick to a wing and a prayer thank you. And getting too close to water smacks of having a bath 😉 I guess we’re both Landlubbers then Bob 🙂

  3. A part of England we’ve never visited — but certainly chock-full of romance and history and legend. Your photos capture the atmosphere nicely. Or maybe I should say, they jibe with my imagination!
    (Jibe being a nautical term 😉

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