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. […]
3 July 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 […]
3 July 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 […]
3 July 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 […]
3 July 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 […]
26 June 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 […]
21 June 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 […]