The Harbour With No Boats, Pentewan
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A tranquil harbour scene at Pentewan in Cornwall, England. The scene is very unusual because the harbour now has no boats, it has been cut off from the sea since the 1960s, when the harbour entrance finally silted up.
There has been a harbour at Pentewan since medieval times, when the villagers were mainly involved in pilchard fishing. Following plans to turn Pentewan into a major china clay port and also to improve the existing fishery, much of the harbour was rebuilt between 1818 and 1826, by Sir Christopher Hawkins, a local land and quarry owner. At first the port thrived, exporting up to a third of Cornwall's china clay, but the continual problems with silting and the rise of rival ports at Charlestown and Par, led to the demise of Pentewan as a port, a little over a century later. The last trading ship left Pentewan port in1940. Wikipedia was the main source, for this information.
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January 3rd, 2016
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