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:

Our first piece is 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.

Our second piece examines how Cornwall’s great gardens (late C18 early C19) were developed thanks to the intervention of the Falmouth Packet captains.

Our third piece is about the last trial for cannibalism in the UK (1884) which, inevitably, involved Falmouth and a diligent policeman ill-versed in the traditions of the sea.

And then there is an account of Falmouth’s annus horribilis (1890/91) when the status and future of the trust port looked as though it was in real jeopardy

Other pieces are on their way …