Well it is as far at the St Mawes Ferry is concerned – the company has just switched from its winter to summer timetable.
The company, which runs ferries from both Falmouth’s Prince and Wales Pier and Custom House Quay to St Mawes will be operating for longer until the end of September. And with two new engines and minor refit work amounting to just over £15,000, the May Queen is ready for the season ahead.
Operations manager, Garrick Royle, said: “May Queen underwent a huge refit a couple of years ago, so the main work to take place this winter was the replacement of her engines. We’ve fitted two Nanni 85 horsepower, five cyclinder engines which will not only make her smoother and quieter for our customers, but will make her economically and environmentally better.
“Our classic wooden ferries depart three times an hour during the summer to take the picturesque crossing from Falmouth’s bustling post to the olde worlde fishing village of St Mawes.
“Passing the impressive castles of St Mawes and Penddnnis, the ferry route takes you across the Carrick Roads where you will see many large ships, the working docks of Falmouth, Black Rock (a local isolated shipping hazzard) and if you’re lucky, some of the dolphins and basking sharks that regularly visit the harbour.”
There has been a ferry running between St Mawes and Falmouth since 1869 when a group of local mariners bought the iron tug “Wotton”. Since then, the service has seen a multitude of vessels operating on the well established route and it’s estimated since its inception in 1869, over 50 million passengers have made the historic passage.
A brand new wooden 59ft St Mawes Ferry is currently being built using traditional methods and materials by Cockwells Modern and Classic Boatbuilding in Penryn.
For more information on the company, and for details of the extended timetables, log onto www.stmawesferry.co.uk or call 01872 861910/01326 313201Word Document