Why don’t you learn to swim Grandad?

‘Why don’t you learn to swim Grandad?’

‘It just prolongs the agony boy.’

In the first of two videos from Cornish Voices (via the Looe Maritime Archive) two ex-fishermen Ken and Tony Pengelly talk about falling in the harbour and about fishing down there, and reveal some old fashioned attitudes to the sea and swimming.

Did you know that congers make a barking noise that sounds like a dog?

And here AJ Pengelly – (perhaps their grandfather – it’s not clear) talks about racing the huge J-class racer Shamrock V in the 1930 America’s Cup and  crossing the Atlantic in her. She doesn’t sound at all comfortable!

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