Duchess of Cornwall to name new St Mawes Ferry

25 June — 1 October 2008

Naming ceremony to take place on July 11

The Duke and Duchess of Cornwall will be visiting St Mawes and Falmouth on Friday July 11. During their visit the Duchess will be officially naming the new St Mawes Ferry ''The Duchess of Cornwall''

The Duke and Duchess will meet the ferrymen and staff as well as some of the local school children from St Mawes CP School who became involved in  the early design stages of the new wooden 60ft ferry.

The Duke and Duchess will then board the new ferry for a 20-minute trip from St Mawes across the harbour to Falmouth’s Prince of Wales Pier.

Along the way they will learn more about how the ferry was built using traditional methods and materials by Cockwells Modern and Classic Boat Building of Penryn. They will meet directors of Cornwall Ferries Limited to find out why they decided to take the challenging step to build a new wooden ferry from scratch; the boat builders who rose to the two-year challenge, employing apprentices specifically for the build along the way; and finally the crew who had a significant imput into the design of the new ferry after years skippering the ferries between Falmouth and St Mawes.

Garrick Royle, operations manager for Cornwall Ferries said: “We are delighted that The Duchess of Cornwall has agreed to officially name the new ferry and that they both will get the chance to enjoy a trip onboard. We are very keen to promote the fact that when people visit the county,  they can travel around by so many different methods – and this wooden ferry, which has been two years in the making is a prime example of how lovely  alternative transportation really can be.”

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