Falmouth, Ahoy!

In under two weeks the Cornish town of Falmouth will witness a truly spectacular sight – white sail cresting the horizon and then coming to anchor in the third deepest natural harbour in the world. Forty-six Sail Training vessels from around the world, including eleven magnificent square sail Tall Ships, will arrive for four days of events from 28 to 31 August.

Proud history
The American artist Henry Scott Tuke lived in Falmouth in the early twentieth century and painted this charming watercolour of two French barques in Carrick Roads

The American artist Henry Scott Tuke lived in Falmouth in the early twentieth century and painted this charming watercolour of two French barques in Carrick Roads

Falmouth has a long history and proud history. It was the site where Henry VIII built Pendennis Castle to defend Carrick Roads (as the deep channel of the harbour is known) in 1540. (The main town of the district was then at Penryn.)

In the late 16th century, under threat from the Spanish Armada, the defences at Pendennis were strengthened by the building of angled ramparts. During the Civil War, Pendennis Castle was the second to last fort to surrender to the Parliamentary Army.

Sir John Killigrew created the town of Falmouth in the early seventeenth century.

The famous Falmouth Packet Service operated for over 160 years between 1689 and 1851 carrying mail to and from Britain’s growing empire.

In 1805 news of Britain’s victory and Admiral Nelson’s death at Trafalgar was landed here from the schooner Pickle and taken to London by Lieutenant John Lapenotiere in an epic 36-hour journey that took 21 changes of horses and carriages.

On 2 October 1836 HMS Beagle with Charles Darwin aboard anchored at Falmouth at the end of its famous survey voyage around the world.


Kydd and Renzi visited Falmouth in one of the Kydd titles. Email julian@julianstockwin.com with the name of the book and you’ll go into the hat for a chance to win a Navy Blue Kydd Cap plus a signed paperback of that title…

Falmouth signing

I’ll be at Falmouth Booksellers signing copies of my books on Friday 29, noon. Drop by if you’re passing! I’ll be giving away postcards and bookmarks while stocks last.

Copyright notices
Henry Scott Tuke [Public domain or Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

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6 Comments on “Falmouth, Ahoy!”

  1. I had the pleasure of working in Truro but stopping in Falmouth earlier this year. Make sure you visit “The Front”, it’s s a bar below an award winning fish & chip shop. You can buy the most awesome F&C and take them into The Front to eat them. Go on a Monday and you will be rewarded with a folk night, which had me in mind of Kydd’s time. Unfortunately, by the time I’d found out that the tall ships festival was on, the very few remaining places for accommodation were prohibitively expensive, but I wish you all well who visit.
    I am a green eyed jealous monster!!

  2. I will be joining Stavros s niarchos joining at Falmouth to sail to Greenwich as volunteer crew . I am very excited about the whole festival

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