Smuggling and wrecking

Smuggling and wrecking around Cornwall

November 29, 2019

The Dunkin brothers

The Dunkin brothers, John (born about 1750) and James (born about 1753) were contemporaries of Harry Carter of Prussia’s Cove and familiar names in accounts of […]
November 26, 2019

Harry Carter – the highlights

Harry (Henry) was the fourth of the seven of the Carter brothers of Prussia’s Cove. Born in Pengersick (Praa Sands) in 1749, we know much about […]
November 12, 2019

Smuggling in W Cornwall in the late C18

The late C18 was a turbulent and confusing time with several competing pressures for those operating at sea in West Cornwall. Hostilities with the American Colonies, […]
November 12, 2019

The Carter family – the research

As a lad growing up in Newlyn, tales of the exploits of the Carters of Prussia’s Cove,[*] fascinated me. So much so that ever since I […]
October 29, 2019

Guernsey for North Bergen

All British and foreign merchant vessels, whether Fair traders or Free traders, however big or small, had to have ‘legitimate’ Bills of Lading, for any and […]
October 22, 2019

Free trader or fair trader?

A number of vessels appear regularly in accounts of smuggling and suspected smuggling, in and around Mount’s Bay in the late C18. Some were no doubt […]
October 15, 2019

The Lord Hood 1787-1798

The Lord Hood of Penzance & St. Ives: Fair Trader or Free Trader? 126 ton Brigantine – 1787-1798. The Lord Hood was a small merchant vessel of […]
September 23, 2019

The George 1787-1790

During the first period of British Ship registration, from 1786 to 1824, the 202 ton ship George was the largest vessel registered in the Port of […]
September 22, 2019

The Liberty 1780-93

Little is known about the 25 ton sloop Liberty prior to the first official Registration of British Shipping in August/September 1786. Built at Topsham in Devon […]