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Fowey Harbour Heritage Society
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Our Series of Talks

From September to March each year the Society arranges a series of talks  held in Fowey, Bodinnick and Polruan. These are open to all and Members have half price entry.

If  meetings are  not possible due to restrictions,  talks will be held online free to paid-up members of the Society. 

To join, or to renew your Membership for 2020/21 and to receive your Zoom details please contact Andrew Gardner 07769 977116 or email

Illustration for Mevagissey - A Virtual Tour talk

Mevagissey - A Virtual Tour

Date/Time: Saturday 20th March 2021 at 2.30pm

Venue: Talk by Sue Reardon, Chris Bradish and Suzanne Goddard Online Via ZOOM

Come on a virtual tour of Mevagissey. Today a pretty seaside town – visited by hundreds every summer - but over 200 years ago it was a very different story. Learn about its rich shipbuilding history, which went hand in hand with the pilchard trade and smuggling. Its craggy coastline made Mevagissey perfect territory to evade the authorities; with its concealed cellars and doors and labyrinth of paths and secret alleyways snaking up the hillside, evasion was easy.

Sue, Chris and Suzanne are accredited town guides and members of the Cornish Riviera Guides.

AGM and Talk 'South West Fruit Schooners

Date/Time: Saturday 17 April 2021 at 2.30pm

Venue: Via Zoom

Our AGM at 2.30pm is followed by a talk (postponed from February 2020) given by Roger Barrett entitled ‘Fruit Schooners’. Built for speed, the clipper fruit schooners of the nineteenth century were the ocean racing yachts of the day, carrying home cargoes of highly perishable fruit from the Azores, the Mediterranean and the Bahamas. For many years Salcombe and its neighbour Brixham in the South Hams of Devon were the dominant players but, in the later days of the trade, Fowey established a reputation for producing fast fruit schooners such as the Jane Slade and Silver Spray.

Roger Barrett is the curator of both Salcombe Maritime Museum and Salcombe Lifeboat Museum and the author of a number of books on local maritime history including ‘Salcombe: Schooner Port’, which tells the story of the Salcombe schooners and the trades they engaged in.