River Fal history talk at the National Maritime Museum Cornwall

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Victorian postcard taken at Tolverne on the Carrick Roads

Victorian postcard taken at Tolverne on the Carrick Roads

The NMMC is offering an opportunity to travel back in time at the end of this month, when local historian Ralph Bird presents a talk at the museum that will take his audience down the River Fal.

Timed to coincide with this year’s Fal River Festival, the talk will start at 6.30pm on Wednesday 28 May, and will look back at how the Fal has changed over the past 100 years, during which it has gone from being predominantly a river of business to the river of pleasure we know today.

Starting in Truro and ending in Falmouth, Bird will reveal places of interest and highlight the different uses to which this once-bustling waterway has been put. He will also discuss some of the many ships that have been laid up in the furthest reaches of the river – there have been as many as 70 war and cargo ships laid up in the Fal’s creeks.

For more information go to the NMMC website.

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2 thoughts on “River Fal history talk at the National Maritime Museum Cornwall”

  1. Dear Friend.As a young boy I spent several summer Holidays (late 50s early 60s)On BP laid up Tankers on the river fal.My Father was an Engineer with BP and was in charge of the upkeep of these Ships while not in use…For some reason I have been thinking about the wonderful times I had and what a great adventure it was for me .I also remember great friends of my Mother and Father who ran pleasure trips (Newmans) and have been trying to find out any information about this wonderful family.I remember helping them serve teas at the cottage and many trips on the SKYLARK.If you have any information on their history Past and Present I would appreciate it Very Much..Thank You..William Bryson MountWashington,Kentucky USA.

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