Built on Scilly

9 February

A more unlikely place to have had a successful shipbuilding industry cannot be imagined, yet the Isles of Scilly built 153 ships between 1774 and 1891.

Being located 28 miles from Land's End and 47 miles from the nearest port of Penzance, the industry was totally reliant on imported materials.


There was no local timber, no pitch, no tar, no canvas makers, no foundry. Much was salvaged from shipwrecks, otherwise everything was bought in.

Join Richard Larn OBE to discover how, surprisingly, this industry proved financially rewarding, creating wealth and employment. Uncover this almost forgotten part of the island's 18-19th century history?

Set lunch and lecture £16 (Members £14).

Please call 01326 214546 for bookings.

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