A waterside stroll around Plymouth

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Smeaton’s Tower, Plymouth Hoe. As usual, click on the thumbnails for much larger photos

Today we have one of intheboatshed.net’s waterside strolls – and this time it’s a series of photos taken by my wife Julie Atkin on a recent trip to the old maritime city of Plymouth.

The town shows the scars of having been devastated by a notorious wartime bombing raid in 1941 but still has quite a few old gems of buildings left from earlier times. It also has some striking large and small monuments, many of which are rather touching.

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Cattewater Harbour Commission; the impressive Royal William Victualling Yard built in the 1820s; the wonderful 1935 Tinside tidal swimming pool; and the site where they make the fabulously fragrant Plymouth Gin

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Apart from the smack in the first group of photos there weren’t many interesting old wooden boats around, but she found these  – the one on the left is for sale

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The Sir Francis Drake monument; the Mayflower monument; a list of the Pilgrim Fathers (click on the image to see it at a readable size); Roanoke Colonies; Tolpuddle Martyrs; iron pipes!

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Monuments on the wall of the Royal National Lifeboats Institution shop make loss and survival at sea intensely personal: see how the name Launder comes up several times, and the memorials to the crew of the Pescado, the last of the old time trawler skippers and the last steam trawler skipper. And don’t miss the memorial to the elderly couple whose long lives are attributed to eating a lot of fish


2 thoughts on “A waterside stroll around Plymouth”

  1. The plaque dedicated to Francis Drake states that the State of California Francis Drake Commission presented the plaque is a total fabrication by the Drake Navigators Guild. The State of California Francis Drake Commission conducted a hearing as to Drake landed in California in October of 1978 and concluded with these words: "It would take a leap of faith rather than fact, to register Drake's Bay or any other California bas as an historical landmark."

    Garry Gitzen's book published in 2008 "Francis Drake in Nehalem Bay 1579, Setting the Historical Record Straight" is now being recognized by current scholars as the true location of Drake's landing site.

  2. Thank you. Much appreciation for this great and illuminating articlel – and excellent photographs. Only one suggestion: most of – and there are many – Plymouth's wooden fishing boats are no longer to be found at the old Barbican – now replaced by a thoroughly vulgar glassware shoppe. Actually that may have been replaced by now. There's a walkway from the Mayflower Steps across to the new trading area – and if the tide's right that's where the boats are. If you have permission to enter. It's not all gloom and doom in Plymouth's fishing community – though it's certainly not what it was.

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