The Last of the Sailing Cutters

28 March 2023

The arrival of HMS Beagle

The voyage of HMS Beagle, captained by Robert Fitzroy and containing the young Charles Darwin is justly famous. At the end of a five year circumnavigation, […]
17 March 2023

A Smuggler’s Cottage?

Finding real evidence of smuggling is difficult. The trial of Charles Carter in 1793 contained tantalising reports of spaces or caves which had been found under […]
15 March 2023

When Falmouth avoided a big bang

A chance remark in a funeral eulogy led to the discovery of a first-hand story from 1972 when Falmouth narrowly avoided a potentially disastrous explosion caused […]
21 February 2023

D’Alvimart – An unpleasant shipmate?

The French Revolution brought challenges for anyone with royalist connections. One such was Gaetan D’Alvimart who is mentioned in a letter written by Captain McLeod of […]
20 February 2023

Tracking the Mystery

The story of how seven men sailed a 37ft lugger, the Mystery, to Australia is a familiar story in Cornwall. A recent discovery is a copy […]
11 December 2022

A Broad appreciation …

Volunteer Linda Bachelor tripped over a lovely thank you message from 1806 recently, tracking how an unsolicited thank you may have led to a benefit to […]
29 November 2022

Windfall Yachts database

We have added a database of Windfall yachts to our DataBank. This contains summary information about these German-built yachts, culled from the definitive book by Mike […]
7 September 2022

Red herrings, time-wasters and digressions …

You know that feeling when you trip over something fascinating when you are meant to be looking for something else? Well we do this all the […]
16 August 2022

Hoods Boys and the taking of Diamond Rock

Just occasionally, a happy team experiences a magic moment when everything seems to go right. The early months of 1804, aboard HMS Centaur, 74, under Commodore […]
5 April 2022

The Ceuta papers

We need your help. We have a series of mystery papers probably written in early 1810 which turned up in a car boot sale in Falmouth […]
26 October 2021

Access our Databank

The Bartlett holds upward of fifty different databases on maritime subjects, many of which are growing daily thanks to the work of the tireless volunteers. Our […]
10 May 2021

Weathering the Storm

A new referreed article has been published in Troze, our associate online publication. It looks at the first few decades of Falmouth as a Trust Port. […]
31 July 2019

In the steps of Walter Hunkin

A visit to the north-west of County Clare allows one to look further into Walter Hunkin’s narrative. As one might expect of a former ship’s captain, […]
16 October 2018

Tensions ease to retirement

The Priest’s displeasure During my long sojourn in Ireland and, living among a people whose lives to a very great extent were adjusted to the influence […]
16 October 2018

A balancing act

1916 -The Easter Rebellion As the war dragged on, and England straining every nerve, using up men and material, the Sinn Feiners and the Irish Republican […]
16 October 2018

Gathering tensions

Home Rule At this time Mr Asquith, being the Prime Minister of the Liberal Government, had introduced the Home Rule Bill for Ireland. Soon after the […]
16 October 2018

Doing his duty

Stations At this time the personnel of the coastguard service were being reduced, some stations closed and the divisions rearranged, with more stations to each division. […]
16 October 2018

Settling in ashore

My New Appointment In connection with my new appointment, information had reached me that in this case – not always so – free quarters were provided […]
14 October 2018

The years ashore

When Walter Hunkin came ashore in 1907. He was 45 and had been at sea since he was 16. His new post was to look after […]
14 October 2018

Aboard the Fanny on the Kingstown station

In 1902 Walter returned to the Kingstown District on the east coast of Ireland, leaving sailing cruisers and taking up his last command at sea aboard […]
14 October 2018

Aboard the Victoria again on the Hull station

After a winter of relative idleness, Walter returned to the Victoria, a first class sailing cutter of 131 tons, and to the North sea Hull station. […]