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Cutty Sark off Flushing // 1922


Cutty Sark was launched in 1869 and made her last passage under the British flag in 1895, carrying her biggest cargo of wool from Brisbane to London. She was then sold and sailed under the Portuguese flag for the next 27 years. 

In 1922 she was bought by Captain Wilfred Dowman, of Trevissome, Penryn, who brought her to Falmouth for restoration, where she remained until 1938.

Location: Flushing

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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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