Previous Troze Publications

Previous Troze Publications

Falmouth’s great gardens of empire

Author: Megan Oldcorn Published Date: Sep 14 2015 Download this issue here During the first half of the nineteenth century the port of Falmouth was a busy trade centre within the British Empire, playing host to a number of ships and visitors from home and abroad. Through the General Post Office Packet Service, the East … Continued

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17th Century Barbary Piracy and the West Countries Fisheries

Author: Dr Jo Esra Published Date: Mar 8 2016 Volume 7 – Issue 1 Download this issue here During the late C16 and early C17 there was a marked increase in contact between Muslim ‘Turks’ from the Ottoman Empire, the ‘Moors’ from the independent country of Morocco, and the West Country. Some of this was … Continued

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A Quaker Record of Maritime Falmouth in World War One

Author: Pamela Richardson Published Date: Dec 1 2008 Download this issue here Remembrance of wars and those who fought in them naturally centres around the fighting forces and those who not only made the ultimate sacrifice but those who returned mentally and physically scarred along with the unsung heroes who returned to pick up civilian … Continued

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Cornish Steam Ships and Owners: the View from England

Author: Roy Fenton Published Date: Mar 1 2009 Download this issue here The paper surveys the development of commercial steam navigation in Cornwall, concentrating on contributions by local entrepreneurs. It examines three areas of mercantile activity under steam well represented in the county: coastal and short sea liner operations, ocean tramping, and carriage of coastal … Continued

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The English Yachting Narrative with Particular Reference to Cornwall

Author: Michael Bender Published Date: Jun 1 2009 Download this issue here This paper looks at the various ways in which yachting has been represented in words, pictures and photography and at how these representations specifically apply to the history of yachting in Cornwall. Cornwall has a rich and varied yachting history since Victorian times. … Continued

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Captain William King RN, the Admirality Packet Service and the Hydrographic Office, 1823-1829

Author: Adrian Webb Published Date: Oct 1 2009 Download this issue here By the 1820s the Admiralty controlled both the Falmouth Packet Service, delivering mails to the growing empire, and the Hydrographic Service, responsible for supplying all the navigational charts required by naval vessels. This paper investigates several aspects of the relationship between these Admiralty … Continued

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Cornish Dockers: Their Companies, Cargoes and Consequences

Author: Terry Chapman Published Date: Dec 1 2009 Download this issue here Until the end of the Second World War, employment on Britain’s docks was largely casual. This paper outlines the development of the National Dock Labour Scheme, created in 1947 from the experience gained during the wartime operation of the docks, its progress and … Continued

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Petates and fish: Cornish Fishermen Smugglers in the late Eighteenth Century

Author: Tony Pawlyn Published Date: Mar 1 2010 Download this issue here The perceived romance of Cornish smuggling is, in this paper, put into the context of its existence as part of the life of the fishing community in Cornwall during the late eighteenth century and into the nineteenth century. By drawing on that extensive … Continued

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Maritime Business in Eighteenth-century Cornwall, Zephaniah Job of Polperro

  Author: Martin Wilcox Published Date: Sep 23 2010 Download this issue here Zephaniah Job is best remembered as ‘The Smugglers’ Banker,’ who organised and financed smuggling from the port of Polperro in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries.  However, Job, like many other merchants in the many small ports around the United Kingdom, … Continued

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Women Aboard Vessels in Late Nineteenth-century Cornwall

  Author: Joanna Thomas Published Date: Aug 31 2011 Download this issue here In maritime history, there is still a very strong image of men going to sea while the women stayed at home, on shore, to mind the children and possibly to run a business. The research about maritime women at sea is still … Continued

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The Falmouth Time Ball

Author: Ronald S Hawkins Published Date: Apr 5 2012 Download this issue here Time balls were visual signals to provide mariners with an accurate time by which to set their chronometers. Over 150 were established worldwide in the late nineteenth century and they were obsolete by the 1920s. Convinced that it would attract more shipping … Continued

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Thomas Pope Rosevear of Boscastle: A North Cornwall merchant and shipowner in the early 19th century

Author: Peter Skidmore Published Date: Jul 4 2012 Download this issue here Rosevear and Sloggatt was a merchant partnership operating from Boscastle, on the North Cornwall coast in the early nineteenth century. They were in the slate trade and were shipping agents and shipowners with their vessels often being chartered out to carry coal for … Continued

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In Search of the Queen Transport

  Author: Sue Kruk Published Date: Jan 31 2013 Download this issue here The bicentenary of the wreck of the Queen Transport, in Falmouth Harbour, in 1814, is fast approaching. With great loss of life, it was a particularly distressing local event, which became a wider symbol of maritime tragedy. This paper seeks to commemorate … Continued

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Sir Arthur Quiller Couch and the Sea

  Author: Helen Doe Published Date: May 2 2013 Download this issue here The great Cornishman, Sir Arthur Quiller Couch, is known for editing the Oxford Book of English Verse, and for The Art of Writing. The latter being his inaugural lectures when appointed as Professor of English at Cambridge. He wrote many short stories … Continued

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Letters from a lovelorn Captain

Author: Jonathan Varcoe Published Date: Jan 9 2014 Download this issue here “Sometime in December 1847 a simple one-masted sloop, the Heart of Oak, registered in Beaumaris, Anglesey, North Wales, made her way up the coast to the buoy situated a short distance off the entrance of the channel leading to Pentewan dock. She was … Continued

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The Unlucky Wrecker: William Pearse of St Gennys, Cornwall

Author: Cathryn Pearce Published Date: Sep 30 2014 Download this issue here In October 1767, William Pearse, a man of over 80 was hanged outside Launceston, the first victim of the newly-strengthened 1753 Wreck Act. Whether he was guilty of a crime greater than others had committed or whether he was simply being used as … Continued

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Honest Jack Parsons: Home from the sea

Author: Dr J. Mitchell Noon Published Date: Mar 11 2015Download this issue here This is an account of a town, a street, a person, two ships and a house. But it starts with a mail bag. In the National Maritime Museum Cornwall there is a packet mail bag, found in a Falmouth attic, inscribed ‘H.M.S. … Continued

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Neglectful or Worse

Author: Cathryn Pearce Published Date: Sep 1 2008 Download this issue here Mention Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly and their maritime history, and many people will have a vision of the Cornish and Islanders of the past as wreckers, purposely luring ships on the rocks through the use of false lights, and then killing … Continued

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