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.
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.
Falmouth plaque commemorating Pickle’s heroic journey to bring the news of Nelson’s death to England
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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…
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.