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9 Features
Fund Set up for Dependents of Drowned Newlyn Fishermen   (18 June 1817)

On 18th June 1817 a meeting was held at the Guildhall in Penzance, chaired by the High Sheriff - Mr Harris of Kenegie, to consider how to help the widows and orphans of the 14 fishermen on “two mackrell boats” who had drowned in a great storm on 13th June.

Abundant pilchards at St Ives   (27 August 1808)

27 August 1808: The greatest abundance of pilchards ever know have been taken this week in the Mount's Bay. At St Ives there are more than 10000 hogsheads landed...........

A Season of Plenty at St Ives   (11 October 1837)

The 11th October 1837 marked the first appearance of shoals of herring off St Ives for 14 years. It was the first day of a plentiful season....

The Loss of the Emeline of Mousehole   (30 October 1899)

On 30 October 1899 the fishing boat Emeline left Lowestoft to return home to Mousehole. She never arrived. What happened to her?

Herring Glut at St Ives   (12 November 1823)

Herring! Great numbers of herring, the like of which was scarce known before....

Dogged by Misfortune in Mount's Bay   (24 November 1908)

The flake plague has struck. The flake, or dogfish as it's widely known is a species of shark and has a particular liking for herring ...........

Pilchards Aplenty in St Ives   (19 November 1821)

Unpredictable, that's fishing! On 19th November 1821 the St Ives boats went out after herring and they landed the biggest catch of pilchard known up to that time.

Penzance concertina wars: Lowestoft boys and other excitable aliens   (28 May 1899)

Long days at sea, fat wads of cash, plentiful booze, a cultural misunderstanding of two and an exchange with the boys in blue. Fish, fight and copper?

At the Mercy of Sea and Tide   (8 October 1929)

It’s 9.15 of a Tuesday morning, and the Swift – with Captain John Jacka at the helm – is heading out to sea. Captain Jacka is proud of the Swift: she’s a long-liner, only seven years old, with a proper motor.

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Penwith Local History Group

c/o Morrab Library
Morrab Gardens
Penzance, Cornwall
TR18 4DA

Penwith Local History Group, Penzance, Cornwall
Penwith Local History Group
Penzance, Cornwall

The Morrab Library showing the new extension
The Morrab Library showing the new extension.
Photo Glyn Richards

<br>Causeway to St Michael's Mount on the ebb tide., Penwith Local History Group
This month's featured photograph:

Causeway to St Michael's Mount on the ebb tide.

Photograph by Ted Mole

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<br>Coastline near Zennor., Penwith Local History Group<br>Chysauster looking east to Mulfra Hill., Penwith Local History Group<br>St Michael's Mount from the Coast Path by Penzance station., Penwith Local History Group<br>Marazion from St Michael's Mount., Penwith Local History Group<br>Greenburrow Engine House, Ding Dong Mine., Penwith Local History Group<br>Marazion from St Michael's Mount, Trencrom on skyline., Penwith Local History Group<br>Three of the Nine Maidens, Zennor Hill in background., Penwith Local History Group<br>Levant Mine from the south showing the leat in the foreground, left to right the calciner, stamps and compressor stacks and the whim and pumping engine houses in the centre with the Skip Shaft headframe., Penwith Local History Group<br>Higher Bal, Levant Mine. Engine house for dual purpose pumping and winding engine. Stonecrop in foreground., Penwith Local History Group<br>Men-an-Tol., Penwith Local History Group<br>The Nine Maidens Stone Circle., Penwith Local History Group