From Simon Parker in the WMN:
From Mystery to Rosebud, master mariner to merchantman, trawler to lifeboat, the history Newlyn’s relationship with the sea will be explored in an exhibition of photographs and memorabilia this week.
Newlyn Archive, which is run by a team of enthusiastic and knowledgeable volunteers, has put together a display celebrating the port’s maritime and fishing traditions.
Archivist Pam Lomax said the topics covered would include the post-war Stevenson trawler fleet, master mariners, wrecks, smuggling and lifeboats.
“One story concerns Captain Tonkin, who came to an unfortunate end when he was forced to walk the plank by pirates in the China Sea in the 1850s,” said Pam. “This was during the period when Britain was waging the Opium Wars against China. Captain Tonkin lived at the Manor House in Trewarveneth Street with his father, William Tonkin, a merchant and a man of property.”
Another intriguing set of images show the boat and crew of the Elizabeth & Blanche Lifeboat. Commissioned in 1901, she was powered by 12 oars and a sail.
“She was named the Elizabeth & Blanche after two women who donated the £753 to build her,” explained Pam.
Newlyn and the Sea can be seen at the Trinity Centre in Newlyn on Friday and Saturday April 11-12, 10am to 3pm.
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