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 3, 2018

Arrival at Falmouth

Lapenotiere’s arrival at Falmouth Just how far off Falmouth the Pickle was at the time the boat was launched is uncertain, but they must have still been some […]
July 3, 2018

The Race for England

Punching into the teeth of strong westerlies the Pickle took two whole days to claw out of the Gulf of Cadiz, but by noon of the 28th she […]
July 3, 2018

The Prelude

News of the Battle of Trafalgar and Nelson’s death was first made public in an ‘Extraordinary’ edition of the London Gazette, of November 6th 1805. The Times of the […]
July 3, 2018

Trafalgar: Gilding the Gingerbread

Sir Richard Strachan’s Action, November 3rd, 1805 If anything could have marred Britain’s joy at the outcome of the Battle of Trafalgar it was the escape […]
June 26, 2018

Trafalgar: The Race for Glory

This story was researched and written by Tony Pawlyn of the Bartlett Library at the Museum for the 2005 commemoration of the Trafalgar Despatch. It is […]
June 21, 2018


Trafalgar: the greatest sea battle of the age of sail and the event that sealed Britain’s domination of the seas for a century. The events of […]