Others – Cornwall and Falmouth

Sgt Laverty of the Falmouth Harbour Police

Well, how else could we name the other odds and ends which we trip over and feel you might like to know about?

In rough chronological order we offer you:

An investigation of the role of the Church and local communities in trying to get their friends and relatives released and returned from North African and Turkish pirates in the 17th and 18th centuries.

How Cornwall’s great gardens (late C18 early C19) were developed thanks to the intervention of the Falmouth Packet captains.

During the C19 there were two large Ship Agents operating in Falmouth: Fox’s and Broad’s. They acted as agents for the many ships calling into Falmouth, especially those calling for orders, and acted as Consuls for many different countries. In this article, Bartlett Volunteer Linda Batchelor looks into origins of Broad & Sons and traces the later family.

The last trial for cannibalism at sea in the UK took place in 1884 following the arrival in Falmouth harbour of the Montezuma, carrying the survivors of the Mignonette which had sunk off the coast of South Africa. What they took as the custom of the sea did not accord with the understanding of a diligent policeman ill-versed in such traditions. In this article, Bartlett Volunteer Roger Stephens explores the background to the story.

An account of Falmouth’s annus horribilis (1890/91) by Tim Beattie describes a period when the status and future of the trust port looked as though it was in real jeopardy.

Other pieces are on their way …