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Robin Knox-Johnston // 1969


Robin Knox-Johnston and his yacht Suhaili arriving off Falmouth on 22 April 1969 after the first-ever solo, non-stop circumnavigation. His reply of "Falmouth" to the challenge made by Falmouth’s Custom Officer "where from?" is on a par with those contemporary words of Neil Armstrong when he took his first step on the surface of the moon: "one small step for man...".

Photo copyright: Alison George, née Osborne

Contributed: Alison George, née Osborne

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Falmouth and World War 1

Falmouth was not only a garrison town, with up to 14,000 soldiers at any one time, but also a defended port. Falmouth is the most westerly deep water port of the English Channel and Falmouth Bay was a strategic point for arrivals and departures. Early on in the War, photography and sketching became prohibited in the vicinity of the harbour and the coast for reasons of national security, so that we have very few visual records of the time.

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Maritime History

Falmouth Quay Punt sailing in Falmouth's Inner Harbour ca 1900
(from Brian Osborne's 'Images of the Past' collection #551)

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Local Personalities

An Edwardian Group ca 1908 (from Brian Osborne's 'Images of the Past' collection #1407)

Explore and discover some of our town's most interesting people, characters and visitors.

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Notable Buildings

Arwenack Manor from the Harbour ca 1910 (from Brian Osborne's 'Images of the Past' collection #924)

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Archive records

Index of the Ordnance Survey 1:500 scale map series of Falmouth of 1880

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The Changing Face of Falmouth

Post Office Yard with No. 49 Smithick Hill above

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