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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
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.Click here to view more
Falmouth Quay Punt sailing in Falmouth's Inner Harbour ca 1900
(from Brian Osborne's 'Images of the Past' collection #551)
An Edwardian Group ca 1908 (from Brian Osborne's 'Images of the Past' collection #1407)
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Arwenack Manor from the Harbour ca 1910 (from Brian Osborne's 'Images of the Past' collection #924)Click here to view more
Index of the Ordnance Survey 1:500 scale map series of Falmouth of 1880Click here to view more
The Changing Face of Falmouth
Post Office Yard with No. 49 Smithick Hill aboveClick here to view more