Packet Surgeon’s Journals

October 28, 2020

Lockdown updates

The Covid 19 lockdown has given us the chance to catch up with a series of articles which had previously been ‘one day, I shall …’ […]
February 14, 2020

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

A chance encounter led Volunteer Linda Batchelor on the trail of Daniel Pender, a Falmouth boy descended from a line of Packet ship sailors, who helped […]
October 29, 2019

The Guns of Prussia’s Cove

Cornwall is almost synonymous with smuggling and few late C18 smuggling families are more famous than the Carters of Prussia’s (now Prussia) Cove. They, and their […]
August 30, 2019

Penzance registered luggers and MFVs

We are fortunate that a large collection of historic photographs exist showing some of the luggers and motor fishing vessels registered in Penzance and fishing both […]
April 20, 2019

Operation Ariel and Falmouth – June 1940

The evacuation from Dunkirk of June 1940 is well-known but the evacuation from the rest of France in Operation Ariel is rarely mentioned in accounts of […]
February 12, 2019

New: Broad and Sons, Ship Agents of Falmouth

There were two leading Ship Agents operating in the town during Falmouth’s heyday in the C19: Fox’s and Broad’s. These companies provided services to ship owners […]
November 20, 2018

New: Edward Lawrance’s journal

Edward Lawrance was the commander of the Anna Teresa packet which left Falmouth for the Caribbean on 9 June 1776. He kept a journal which was […]
October 30, 2018

New: Falmouth’s Annus Horribilis

Falmouth may have been the first and last major port to the west and a ‘safe anchorage’ in a storm but it was not ideal, especially […]
August 21, 2018

New: The Last of the Sailing Cutters

We have added a new section which contains a transcription of the diaries of Walter Benson Hunkin, originally of Mevagissey in Cornwall. He served aboard the last […]
August 21, 2018
James' illustration of a bonito

New: More stories from the Packet Surgeon

As well as re-presenting Maritime Views we have taken the opportunity to add some more material for some of our existing stories. One of these is […]
July 8, 2018

We are only human …

The transfer of data from the old website to this one has been a massive (manual) effort. Although we have tried hard to re-edit everything, we […]
June 26, 2018

Welcome to the new Maritime Views website

We are sailing … again. Our previous site has been causing all sorts of problems recently and so we have been back to the starting line […]
January 8, 2019

The Miseries of a life at Sea

The Groans and Grumblings of Jeremy Gribble[*], or The Miseries of a life at Sea. A splenetic composition ~~~~ Rundis, indigestaque moles[*] ~~~~~ Misery 1st. – […]
August 21, 2018

Williamson and Darwin

Any reader of Patrick O’Brien’s Jack Aubrey novels will understand the elegant coincidence that Charles Darwin (a naturalist born in 1809) and James Williamson (a surgeon […]
August 19, 2018

Tales from his travels

Negro song. Jack Ass, wid a long tail, Bag o’ Caco coming down. Dey teas-y me, dey worry me Dey take my dandy from me. Jack […]
August 19, 2018

Tales of Packets and the sea

There are many customs now prevalent among particular classes of men, the origin of which is so obscure from antiquity or other causes, that it would […]
August 19, 2018

Falmouth tales

By the Falmothians and others thereabouts hail drops are called Camborne boys. Camborne is a small place, a few miles from Redruth – but why it […]
August 19, 2018

West Country tales

Cornwall is so famous for pies among other things, that it has been ironically said, that the Devil is afraid to shew his nose in that […]
August 18, 2018

Smuggling aboard a Packet ship

James Williamson gives this account of ‘smuggling’ from his time on HM Packet Duke of York. From the earliest establishment of the [Packets], [1] the spirit […]
August 17, 2018

The Pleasures of a life at Sea

Pleasure I. – I have always considered the mere exemption from misery to be a positive pleasure – a truth verified in being relieved from all […]
August 17, 2018

De Omnibus rebus

Haec partim ex libris Excerpsi, partier egomet pro soupei De Omnibus rebus, Mullisque alid ~~~ A person being asked what he thought of the assassination of […]