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25 Features
A Slave Ship in St Ives   (9 December 1825)

Slave trading in illegal but slavers still sail the seas...

Copper Ore Shipping from St Michael's Mount   (27 November 1812)

St Michael's Mount is not normally associated with industry but it was one of the ports used for shipping copper ore to Wales and in 1812 William Jenkin paid the Mount a visit.....

Man and Machine in Less than Perfect Harmony at Penzance Dock   (18 October 1913)

It used to take 32 men to unload a collier at Penzance, but Taylors now have a steam crane............

Ship Ablaze off St Ives   (15 October 1824)

Vessel on fire reported off St Ives. Boats manned for rescue attempt…….

Mr Beddoes has a Difficult Day at Sennen   (12 October 1891)

There a public, or is it private, enquiry in Sennen today. Did the lifeboatmen fail in their duty, that's the issue under scrutiny.

The Hayle to Bristol Packet Ship Herald   (24 September 1831)

The steam packet ship Herald made her first voyage from Bristol to Hayle on 24 September 1831, ushering a new service which would bring numerous benefits to west Cornwall over the next 30 years.

Newlyn's Rouffignac Passes for Master   (24 August 1898)

On 24th August 1898 Ambrose Rouffignac of Newlyn passed his Master's Certificate. He was now a master mariner but who was this man with the strange foreign sounding name?

A disastrous Night for St Ives   (3 August 1844)

The vessels of the Welsh Fleet were small boats, worked hard, often under-manned and working to tight schedules and like the colliers of the North Sea they could be deadly on the unforgiving north coast of Cornwall.

Thomas Harry arrives back in St Ives from Le Croicic   (29 July 1833)

Cornwall has had many links with Brittany over the centuries, one of the lesser known ones is the St Ives salt trade......

The Fleet's in   (30 June 1949)

Don’t mention Trafalgar, and certainly don’t mention De Ruyter burning Chatham. For here we present: the Western Union Fleet....

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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