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South Coast Harbours 1698
report by Edmund Dummer and Thomas Wiltshaw


Falmouth, Cornwall: 'port'; beside the Carrick Roads towards the bottom of the estuary of the River Fal, running into Falmouth Bay in the English Channel.
SW8233; sheet 204
Helford, Cornwall: 'port'; at the mouth of the Helford River, running into the English Channel.
SW7726; sheet 204
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Falmouth and Helford
Their Scituation
and Description
Lye both between the Dead-man & Lizard and are the Principall that Remain to be Noted within the Bounds of our Order on which wee have to remark as follows.
Surveyed in 93
referr'd to
That of Falmouth the nest Port to Fowey containes a great Water extending by many Branches into the Country nevertheles is clogged, wth: many inconvenient Shoales and suddain Soundings, and therefore not very much frequented by Shipping it was Surveyed by Order in the year 93, & judged not to abound in those Qualifications wch: are proper for the emprovement of the Navy as in the said Report are more at large recited to wch: wee desire to be referred.
No conveniences
at Helford
adviseable to be
improved for
the Navy
Helford about 5 Miles West of Pendennis Castle is a River which Runs East and West out and in, Small and inconsiderable for Shipps of Warr, But convenient for the small Coasters the Tinn and Corne Vessells and what that Country produces, soe that wee doe not Observe any thing of Moment in its Scituation extent or other Circumstances to give encouragement of improvement for the Services of the Navy.

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South Coast Harbours 1698
report by Edmund Dummer and Thomas Wiltshaw

© Jean and Martin Norgate: 2002
with information courtesy of Hampshire CC Museums Service
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