REVIEW by SIMON PARKER

WESTERN MORNING NEWS
SATURDAY 6th July 2013

 

 

 

Review by Dave Linkie Fishing News 4 August 2013

The Fishing Boats & Ports of Cornwall

 

Details of more than 750 registered Cornish fishing vessels, together with 46 fishing harbours and coves, are included in the new book “The Fishing Boats & Ports of Cornwall,” reports David Linkie.

 

The publication is the latest to be compiled by the well-known Plymouth fishing boat enthusiast and author Stewart Lenton, and fully updates the first edition of the same title, which sold out in 2006. By being able to compare the Cornish fleet of seven years ago with the present day one, Stewart Lenton is able to extrapolate a number of interesting facts that show how the composition of the local fleet continues to evolve in line with constantly changes in fishing opportunities originating from Brussels and the EU.

 

Featuring over 1100 colour photographs incorporated on 200 pages in an easy to use spiral bound, lay-flat format, Stewart Lenton’s book, which is described as “an alternative way to explore Cornwall” provides an extremely comprehensive overview of the Cornish fishing industry.

 

Small unique coves and landing beaches such as Pendeen Boat Cove and Port Quin, are covered alongside similar small but perhaps more widely known harbours of Polperro, Cadgwith, Mousehole, Sennen Cove and Port Isaac, as well as the larger commercial fishing harbours at Looe, Mevagissey, Newlyn, Newquay and Padstow.

 

Stewart Lenton, accompanied by his wife Liz, who contributed introductory sections summarising the complexities of fisheries management, have clearly spent hundreds of hours and driven thousands of miles around Cornwall in what is clearly a labour of love to obtain the unparalleled collection of location and vessel photographs shown in the end result.

 

Each harbour is summarised by an interesting brief history and description, aided by the prolific use of photographs. This general introduction is followed by photographs of just about every boat that has fished from each port in the last seven years, preceded by a concise table listing that includes details of each vessel’s LOA, GT, kW, year of build and hull type.

 

By including boats ranging in size and type from 4m toshers to 35m+ beamers, coverage of the Cornish fishing fleet is equally diverse and detailed. At the end of The Fishing Boats & Ports of Cornwall there is a quick reference listing of boats in Cornwall in both alpha-numerical order of registration and an alphabetical list by vessel name.

 

Copies of Fishing Boats & Ports of Cornwall ISBN 978-0-9554023-7-1 (£15 + £2.50 P&P) are available from shops, through www.fishportboats.co.uk or direct from the author at Channel View, Andurn Estate, Down Thomas, Plymouth PL9 0AT.

 

REMARKS FROM CUSTOMERS

July 2013'.....I purchased copies of both the Cornwall and Devon books when they were first published and found them most interesting. It’s the sort of thing you can pick up and put down at any time, although the latter is more difficult! They still come off the shelf on a regular basis when I see or hear about a certain fishing boat in the area and want more information....' ordering new edition Fishing Boats and Ports of Cornwall and enquring about The Fishing Boats & Ports ofWales; also remarking that similar on Dorset would be well received...

Telephone call August 2013

Just phoning to say that I am thoroughly enjoying reading your latest edition of the Fishing Boats and Ports of Cornwall. What a what an interesting and well presneted book it is ...congratulations!

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