Flagship ferry back on the water

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22 November 2010 — 22 November 2011

The St Mawes Ferry, The Duchess of Cornwall, took to the water again this week following an autumn refit.

The 60ft ferry was relaunched after work to add a new fendering system and improve buoyancy was completed by Cockwells at Mylor Creek Boatyard.

"The new fendering system is very important as it will allow her to land at more locations around the River Fal than ever before," said Cornwall Ferries managing director, Tim Light.

"While the improved buoyancy surpasses Maritime and Coast Guard standards to ensure even greater safety for our thousands of passengers."

Launched by The Duke and Duchess of Cornwall in 2008 and built from wood by using traditional methods and materials the 100-seater ferry is the company's flagship and runs between St Mawes and Falmouth, seven days a week, all year round.

Tim added: "She is a beautiful ferry and Cockwells did a fantastic job building us a fast, seaworthy and well built ferry using wood and traditional methods.

"She's back in the water now and looking very smart, and next week she will be back on the run sailing between St Mawes and Falmouth''

Since first sailing the route in July 2008 The Duchess has sailed the equivalent of once round the planet and carried in excess of 100,000 passengers saving 450,000 road miles.

Dave Cockwell, who completed the works, said: ''Its been good to get the ferry out the water and give her a refit.

"Building a wooden boat really creates an emotional attachment between the builder and the boat and so it's good when they come back for refit work."

Garrick Royle, Cornwall Ferries' operations manager, also announced that this year in order to help local people cut the cost of transport to and from St Mawes and Falmouth that local people will be able to travel for £1 each way between now and the end of March 2011 on Tuesdays and Fridays.

The special locals offer is only valid for residents living in the postcodes TR2, TR10 and TR11. The discounted tickets are only available online, to buy the £2 day return ticket (Normally £7.50), see www.falriver.co.uk/getting-about/ferries