Focus on Falmouth

Articles about the history of Falmouth, Cornwall

October 29, 2020

The Loss of the Duke William – other sources

Captain Nichols’ account of the sinking of the Duke William is corroborated by a variety of other sources. Lloyd’s List, then the twice weekly British Shipping […]
October 22, 2020

Falmouth, Penryn and the Acadians

A small plaque in St Gluvias church, Penryn, reads: A LA MEMOIRE DES ACADIENS This memorial commemorates the 73 men, women and children buried in the […]
October 8, 2020

The Loss of the Duke William (part 4)

Another sail! Just as they had joined us, the people from the fore-top-mast cried out, a sail! a sail! I thought it better to let the […]
October 8, 2020

The Loss of the Duke William (part 3)

Heading home On the 25th day of November, we sailed out of the bay of Causo [sic]. It blew strong at N.W. Captains Hurry, Beeton, Sugget, […]
October 8, 2020

The Loss of the Duke William (part 2)

Ashore in the New World We all enjoyed this pleasing sport during most part of the siege of Louisbourg; when Captain Schomberg, of the Diana frigate, […]
October 8, 2020

The Loss of the Duke William (part 1)

Extract from the Naval Chronicle, for 1807: Vol. XVII, January to June; Part One – p.396-401 in a series on the Correct Relation of Shipwrecks. Narrative […]
August 3, 2020

Royal Escape from Falmouth

During the English Civil War Cornwall remained loyal to the Royalist cause. Both the Queen, Henrietta Maria, in 1644 and in 1646, Charles, Prince of Wales, […]
June 18, 2020

Queen Victoria visits Falmouth

In 1843 and again in 1846 Queen Victoria and Prince Albert arrived in Falmouth aboard the Royal Yacht Victoria and Albert. This was the first Royal […]
February 14, 2020

‘A very nice middy’ – Daniel Pender 1832-1891

In early 2019 whilst researching some information concerning 19th century emigration to New Zealand I came across the letters of Charlotte Godley.[*] The letters sent to […]