Smuggling and wrecking

Smuggling and wrecking around Cornwall

September 11, 2019

1794 – The final act?

While Charles was languishing in prison, during the first week in February, 1794, a wreck occurred in Prussia’s Cove, that demanded the attention of the Penzance […]
September 11, 2019

1793 – Charles Carter’s trial

On February 21st 1793, the Attorney General opened a trial in the Court of Exchequer against Charles Carter. In the preceding months Charles, together with John […]
September 11, 2019

1792 – A raid on the cove

Once again all then went quiet, and it was seven or eight months later before another incident brought Carter’s battery to the fore. The Lord Hood, […]
September 11, 2019

1791 – A mention in dispatches

The sloop Liberty, which had escaped the previous encounter had been legitimately registered at Penzance as No.2 in 1786. Built at Topsham in 1780, she was […]
September 11, 2019

1789 – Further encounters

May 1789 All goes quiet on this front, for six or seven years, before further references to the Carters’ battery of cannon appear in the Penzance […]
September 11, 2019

1781 – The first mentions

Reference to Carters’ battery first appears in official correspondence in the early 1780s but surprisingly there is not a single mention of it at this time […]
September 10, 2019

The Carters of Prussia’s Cove

The Carter Brothers, possibly the most notorious of Cornish smugglers, were raised in the vicinity of Prussia’s Cove, in the second half of the eighteenth century. […]
August 31, 2019

The Carter brothers of Prussia’s Cove

The Carter brothers were possible the best-known and notorious Cornish smugglers of the second half of the C18. There were seven of them. Thomas Carter Born […]
August 31, 2019

The Guns of Prussia’s Cove

The Guns of Prussia’s Cove [*] or Carters’ Battery The late C18 was a turbulent time. Bays and anchorages on the coast of England, remote from central […]