Constantine Cornwall

AGM Meeting Report

Following the AGM members of Constantine History Group learned about fishing around the coast of Cornwall using sail and oar from Jan Pentreath who drew on his excellent photographic collection to illustrate the different types of fishing in the past and the range of craft that were used. The talk included fishing for pilchard and mackerel as well as shell fish. Jan explained the influences that brought about change including reducing fish stocks, the impact of steam power and later the internal combustion engine. Today it is only the oysters in the Truro River that are worked using oars and sails. Members were impressed by the distances Cornish fishing boats travelled and the speed that they were able to achieve for voyages from Lowestoft to Mousehole. Jan shared several amusing stories and a number of photographs of Cornish fisher folk, which encouraged some laughter.

The next meeting will take place on January 17th at 19.15 when Christian Boulton will share research from his book “Five Million Tides, a Biography of the Helford River” in Constantine WI Hall. Visitors welcome. Contact 01326 250604.