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'SS Archangelos' Aground On Dolor Point, Coverack In 1929

'SS Archangelos', a Greek steamer, was grounded on Dolor Point, Coverack on 17th April 1929. She was later towed off.

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'SS Patroclus' Grounded At Barrowhill, Isle of Portland In 1907.

'SS Patroclus' aground at the Isle of Portland on 19th September 1907 with coasters, including a Thames barge, removing cargo to enable the ship's salvage. She was aground for 8 days with the first and second holds flooded, but was salved and brought to Liverpool. 'SS Patroclus' had sailed from Brisbane for U.K. with a general cargo and 60 crew. She was built in Belfast in 1896 and was one of the Blue Funnel Line ships, which bore classical Greek names.

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1930 Style Air Link Between Lands End And The Isles of Scilly

In 1936 Captain Gordon Olley registered Channel Air Ferries. Here is a De Havilland DH84 Dragon.

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1962 Ash Wednesday Storm Damage

The violence of the combination of high winds and high tide had ripped up the paving slabs, railings and walls on the Promenade opposite the end of Cornwall Terrace which was flooded. Onlookers stare at the destruction in the storm's aftermath.

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A 1930s View Across Porthminster Beach To The St Ives Swimming Races And Regatta

On the left of the picture is Wooden Daniel's Tea room which was replaced by the cafe in 1930. In the centre middle lies the Pednolva Hotel, spectacular boats and a swimming course crown the sea, with the Island in the distance. Porthminster Beach hosted the annual St Ives Swimming Races and Regatta each August.

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A Branwell Family Photograph Album

A photograph album containing 119 images mainly concerning the Branwell family, based at their home at Penlee. Some photographs relate to scenes within Penwith. All of the photographs were taken and developed by John Branwell, the eldest son of JR and Elizabeth Branwell, who lived at Penlee House.The album has fallen apart, separating each page and it has a green leather cover. In most cases, each person within the images has been identified and labelled by Elizabeth Trewhella.

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A Busy Lower Market Jew Street, Penzance In The Late 1920s

This is the lower end of Market Jew Street Penzance showing shop canopies and probably taken in the 1920's. The car on the right is a Bull Nose Morris. The covered wagon is possibly for GWR deliveries. These vehicles were used for operating the railway in the late 1940s and 1950s

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A Conventional Church of England Service In The Madron Baptistry

A formal Church of England service it being held here in the Madron Baptistery which is about one mile from Madron Church. The formal ladies' hats suggest that it could be a wedding. The clothes suggest that it is Spring. The water is said to have healing properties. It provided the water for the village until te second world war.

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A Cornish Fishwife

A fish wife is pictured in Market Jew Street, Penzance, with a cawl on her back. This heavy wicker basket was strapped around her waist and head, hence the need to wear a hat or headscarf to ease the strain. Her shawl and her apron would partly absorb the liquid that issued from the basket. Fish wives would not only sell in the street, but go door to door to deliver. It is reckoned that up to 300 pilchards could be fitted into the cawl. There appears to be a gutter at the lady's feet, but there was no proper drainage system in the town in the late 19th century. In the background are the Market House and the Humphry Davy statue with the taxi rank beneath. Sometimes the fish wife would have small sacks of salt for sale from under her apron!

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A Cornish Stile II

An Edwardian girl with a straw hat, white blouse and long red skirt is holding onto a fence wire at the top of a stile with five steps. The sky is blue.

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A Crowd Gathers To Watch The St Ives Lifeboat Being Towed Across Harbour Beach

The lifeboat is being recovered at low tide, probably after a practice.The lifeboat house is above the opposite side of the beach so the Edgar George Orland and Eva Child had to be towed by tractor with caterpillar tracks into the water. The Edgar George Orlando and Eva Child was a twin screw Liverpool type lifeboat serving at St Ives for 20 years from 1948. It performed 116 services, saving 61 lives. Her most famous rescue was rescuing a family who were trapped by the tide in a cave near Hell's Mouth.

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A Cubicle At York House, West Cornwall School, Penzance

In 1884 the West Cornwall College, a Methodist School for Girls, opened in Chapel Street Penzance where many buildings, including a gymnasium, were used for most of the school's life. In 1929, York House at St Clare became its home and in 1939 a new block was built for Juniors. This was demolished to build the new fire station in the early 1970s. After the school's closure in 1967, the buildings were taken over by what became known as Penwith District Council. This picture of the the cubicle contrasts with the picture of the shared dormitory in 1997.16. The College provided a broad education including commercial subjects like book-keeping. It is believed that the site is that of the legendary Chapel of St Clare.

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A Family Picnic On The Cliffs At Lands End

A sunny but windy day sees this group of five ladies and a boy drinking from paper cups on their picnic at Lands End. Their table cloth is secured by stones; home made splits on a tea plate grace the occasion. During the war years such mundane events would have been impossible, so perhaps this little gathering is celebrating a return to normality as well as a defiance of the sea breeze.

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A Family Picnic On The Cliffs At Lands End

A sunny but windy day sees this group of five ladies and a boy drinking from paper cups on their picnic at Lands End. Their table cloth is secured by stones; home made splits on a tea plate grace the occasion. During the war years such mundane events would have been impossible, so perhaps this little gathering is celebrating a return to normality as well as a defiance of the sea breeze.

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A Family Picnic On The Cliffs At Lands End

A sunny but windy day sees this group of five ladies and a boy drinking from paper cups on their picnic at Lands End. Their table cloth is secured by stones; home made splits on a tea plate grace the occasion. During the war years such mundane events would have been impossible, so perhaps this little gathering is celebrating a return to normality as well as a defiance of the sea breeze.

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A Field of Corn Shocks

A girl, a man and a dog sitting on a hedge, behind them is a field full of corn shocks and in the distance is the sea and cliffs. Possibly at Portheras Cross.

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A Floodlit St. Michael's Mount

St. Michael's Mount is pictured floodlit at night

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A Group of Scillonians Leave For Southampton For The Launch of The Scillonian, 1955

Almost 100 Scillonians departed Quay Street, Penzance, for a 3 day break by Crimson Tours Coaches to Southampton where the new Scillonian ll Royal Mail ship was to be launched with a bottle of wine by the Duchess of Gloucester. She was presented with the first bunch of daffodils from the Isles of Scilly. Returning to Penzance, the group embarked on the boat's maiden voyage on 17 November 1955.

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A Group of Scillonians Leave For Southampton For The Launch of The Scillonian, 1955

Almost 100 Scillonians departed Quay Street, Penzance, for a 3 day break by Crimson Tours Coaches to Southampton where the new Scillonian ll Royal Mail ship was to be launched with a bottle of wine by the Duchess of Gloucester. She was presented with the first bunch of daffodils from the Isles of Scilly. Returning to Penzance, the group embarked on the boat's maiden voyage on 17 November 1955.

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A Group of Scillonians Leave For Southampton For The Launch of The Scillonian, 1955

Almost 100 Scillonians departed Quay Street, Penzance, for a 3 day break by Crimson Tours Coaches to Southampton where the new Scillonian ll Royal Mail ship was to be launched with a bottle of wine by the Duchess of Gloucester. She was presented with the first bunch of daffodils from the Isles of Scilly. Returning to Penzance, the group embarked on the boat's maiden voyage on 17 November 1955.

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A Jumbo Type Rowing Fishing Boat With A Ketch Yacht Near A Wharping Buoy

A jumbo fishing boat is in the foreground with a ketch yacht centre left of picture, near a wharping buoy.Chyandour and Penzance railway viaduct are in the background.

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A Lady With A Smile And Armfuls of Spring Daffodils

A worker is holding flowering daffodils, downstairs at the Lamorna Flower Loft - possibly girl in a Land Army uniform. Officially horticultural land had to be turned over to growing vegetables in war time, but Winston Churchill decreed that daffodils in the home were a great boost for morale.

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A Land Train On Penzance Promenade

The uniformed passenger would suggest a celebration with a military connection. The Feguson TE Tractor was manufactured by Harry Ferguson between 1946 and 1956. This could have been a celebration of the coronation of Queen Elizabeth ll, the annual carnival or it could have been a commercial promotion.

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A Man And His Two Shire Horses

A man stands proudly between two shire horses, each of which is a wearing a bridle with brass decorations.

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A Nissen Hut On The Move

A group of men is attempting to move a large corrugated iron shelter in a field. In the foreground is a man in a truck, with two men in front and another man to the left of the shelter. There are chains running along the ground from the front corners of the shelter, which are possibly attached to the truck.

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