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A Sunset With A Difference

Apparently this picture of a sunset at Sennen was taken for 'show' purposes.

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A Threshing Machine In Action

A team is harvesting the crop using a threshing machine operated by a traction engine. A team of about 16 would be needed and this would consist of labour from neighbouring farms and a travelling team of harvesters. Thus there would usually be one specialist for each task, ie rick building, rick thatching, pitching, etc. Whichever farm they worked on provided refreshment throughout the day.

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A Threshing Team Pose For A Photograph During Harvest

This picture shows a break in the gathering in of the harvest. The man on the right has to feed corn into the machine; the man on the third right is the pitcher to toss the hay to him. The driver is fifth on the right. Burrells traction engines were built at the Thetford Works in Norfolk. The one in the picture could be a 7hp nine and a half ton compound. In 1856 Burrells built the first road haulage steam engine. The company closed in 1928. It was not unusual to have as many as 18 in a thrashing crew, 3 pitching, 3 or 5 carrying corn, 1 monitoring the water level, 3 on the bundles, 1 driver and others pulling out dust, one cutting binds.

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A Timber-lap Building In Newlyn

A timber-lap building, possibly in Newlyn, c.1900. Note the galvanised ash cans outside the door.

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A Topsail Schooner Drying Sails

This could be Penzance South Pier around 1880. The slipway could be the one on the left of PEZPH 2009.309 showing the start of the building of Penzance floating dock and the Trinity House steamer, Mermaid. On the other hand, it could be the quay at St Mary’s, Isles of Scilly.

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A Trawler In Newlyn Harbour

A poor quality photograph shows the crew on board a trawler in Newlyn Harbour.

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A Two Funnel Steamer Engaged In The Mackerel Trade With The Isles of Scilly, In Penzance Harbour.

A busy scene on Penzance Harbour as the mackerel catch is unloaded. Two cranes are in operation and the mackerel 'pads' (baskets with lids) are stacked up on the quay. Boxes labelled J Wakeham, Plymouth, Hichens, Newlyn and R Harvey Newlyn are identified. The wreck buoy for the SS Ransome is in view on the left of the photograph. During the 1880s, several steamers came to Penzance to compete with the 'Lady of the Isles' . These included the 'St Kilda', 'Curzon' and 'Scott Harley'. This may be the 'St Kilda'. As the mackerel shoals moved westward, the W Cornwall mackerel boats worked from the Isles of Scilly.

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A Two Funnel Steamer Engaged In The Mackerel Trade With The Isles of Scilly, In Penzance Harbour.

A busy scene on Penzance Harbour as the mackerel catch is unloaded. Two cranes are in operation and the mackerel 'pads' (baskets with lids) are stacked up on the quay. Boxes labelled J Wakeham, Plymouth, Hichens, Newlyn and R Harvey Newlyn are identified. The wreck buoy for the SS Ransome is in view on the left of the photograph. During the 1880s, several steamers came to Penzance to compete with the 'Lady of the Isles' . These included the 'St Kilda', 'Curzon' and 'Scott Harley'. This may be the 'St Kilda'. As the mackerel shoals moved westward, the W Cornwall mackerel boats worked from the Isles of Scilly.

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A View Across Mounts Bay Towards St Michael's Mount

A distant view of St Michael's Mount and the surrounding coastline taken from Eastern Green.

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A View Across The Morrab Gardens, Penzance

Flower beds and shrubberies in Morrab Gardens, Penzance, featuring tender and sub-tropical plants and trees.The Morrab Gardens is the first public garden in Cornwall. It is carefully tended by the local council gardeners and despite hosting rare and beautiful exotic plants all year around, is used and appreciated by local people and visitors of all ages on every day of the year. It provides colourful tranquillity in the heart of Penzance.

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A View Across The Morrab Gardens, Penzance

The Morrab Gardens is the first public garden in Cornwall. It is carefully tended by the local council gardeners and despite hosting rare and beautiful exotic plants all year around, is used and appreciated by local people and visitors of all ages on every day of the year. It provides colourful tranquillity in the heart of Penzance.

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A View Across The Morrab Gardens, Penzance

A view across the Morrab Gardens and Edwardian folk are enjoying the entertainment by the band in the Morrab Gardens on a summer afternoon. The Morrab Gardens was the first public garden in Cornwall.

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A View From The Balcony of Frank Gibson's Shop In Penzance of The Western Union Fleet Visiting Mounts Bay In June And July 1949

This is the view from the specially constructed balcony of the Gibson shop. It shows the assembly of nearly 200 ships in Mounts Bay when they visited from 30 June to 4 July 1949 in Operation Verity. The ships sailed away unexpectedly on the last night.

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A View of Lands End

A view of Lands End.

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A View of Market Jew Street With Horse And Cart

A view of Market Jew Street with horse and cart, 1913

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A View of Newlyn Harbour Taken From Above The Pilchard Works

A view of Newlyn harbour taken from above the Pilchard Works.

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A View of Penzance Harbour

New Town Lane runs from the middle of Market Jew Street to Wharf Road. It shows the car park newly built over the harbour. In 2012 the building on the left is a pizza cafe, the building on the right a Poundstretcher shop.

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A View of St Ives Harbour From Smeaton's Pier In The 1920s

Tinted postcard of St Ives Harbour from near the top of Smeaton's Pier around 1924. In the foreground are 4 ex sailing gigs fitted with motors. Several were fitted with centre boards, an unusual feature for fishing boats. These motor boats were still allowed to race in the annual August sailing regatta, provided their propellers were removed. The Richard Williams was renamed Highflyer after HMS Highflyer sank the German armed liner Kaiser Wilhelm der Gross in 1914. Many Cornish reservists served in the Highflyer, an elderly cruiser.

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A View of The North Pier Newlyn From The Fish Market

A view of the North pier Newlyn from the fish market

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A Watson Class Lifeboat Leaving Newlyn Harbour

A Watson class lifeboat leaving Newlyn harbour

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A Wheelhouse

This is a photograph of the wheelhouse of a boat, possibly a substitute boat for the Scillonian or the Scillionian's predecessor, Lady of the Isles. A number of male passengers occupy the lower deck. One member of staff is standing on the upper deck.

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A Woman Beating A Fishing Net.

A photograph of a woman beating a fishing net outside a white granite house in Newlyn. The net is laid out on the base of a climber. Other plants, including nasturtiums, grow in pots in front of the wall. A number of pails, bowls, pitchers and bussas sit on the cobbled lane, indicating that it was the centre of much activity. A coat hangs on a hook in the doorway next door.

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A Woodland Scene

Sunlight filters through the leaves of the trees in this woodland scene.

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A Working Day In Newlyn Harbour

St Clair is moored beside the North Pier with Comben Longstaff being loaded with roadstone gravel from the quarry on the South Pier. The boat in the centre is PZ513 Excellent, 22.95 metres long with a 280hp Blackstone engine. She was built in 1931 at Frazerburgh, named Efficient. She was bought by Stevenson's in 1937 and requisitioned in WWll to ferry escapees from Norway to Leith. In 1945 she was rebuilt; in 1946 she was skippered by J Reynolds. In 1947 she became a side trawler. She was also skippered by Trevelyan Richards and was a top earner for the fleet.

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A Young Girl In A Procession

Photograph showing various aspects of Mazey Day celebrations spanning five years.

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