The Last of the Sailing Cutters

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 […]
July 31, 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, […]
October 16, 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 […]
October 16, 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 […]
October 16, 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 […]
October 16, 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. […]
October 16, 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 […]
October 14, 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 […]
October 14, 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 […]
October 14, 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. […]