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Skippers' Blog | A sea of colour

From 26 May 2013

A sunny Sunday on the Fal River and spring tides that keep the Skippers on their toes.

Our Skippers will be blogging throughout the season, giving you an insight into the day to day life of the Cornwall Ferries fleet. The following is from Place Ferry Skipper, Simon Hammond.

May 26

A beautiful Sunday on the Fal River. King Harry Ferry comes into the Feok side and the river is calm and a little murky.

King Harry Ferry Fal River

High and low Spring tides are apparent today, which brings weed onto the surface. The first time I have seen the tide so low at St Mawes which caused a tide stop for some two hours.

St Mawes Harbour Low Tide

The Place Ferry passengers on the last trip to Place had to move forward of Livingstone to raise the propellor in order to allow me to get in close to the causeway. The larger ferries have a similar issue and use the passengers to move to the rear of the boat so that they can get the nose into the ferry steps. Another busy day for them as well.

St Mawes Ferry

A busy day for water taxis as well and this can cause some issues as a tide stop squeezes the time available to pick up passengers from place. I had over 100 in the afternoon with a 3 hour window and found it a challenge to keep both sailors and Place ferry passengers happy and smiling.

Place Ferry

The weather generally brings out the smiles and good manners though. A vespa rally on the front at St Mawes was a colourful affair.

Vespa Rally St Mawes