A few hours around Falmouth’s busy harbour soon alerts the most casual observer to it’s former and current strategic importance to the region. Henry VIII certainly devoted some brain time to this issue, commissioning the building of fortifications to both sides of the harbour entrance (Pendennis and St. Mawes).
Nowadays, attack from mainland Europe is less likely than in former centuries, but the harbour remains a focal point for commercial and recreational activities. Boat charters, restaurants, marina moorings, re-supply of ships large and small, pubs.
Even on a very gloomy, rainy, November afternoon.
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Falmouth Harbour Commissioners
National Maritime Museum Cornwall
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