Book Review-Salcombe Schooner Port: A maritime history of Salcombe and its merchant sailing vessels in the nineteenth century’ by R. Barrett

By Cathryn Pearce, published December 2020


Roger Barrett is curator of Salcombe Maritime Museum. He has an immense depth of knowledge about the area, having also been a station manager at Prawle Point National Coastwatch Station. He is the author of three previous works, Prawle Point and the Coast between Start Point and Salcombe Bar, Start Point and its Lighthouse: History, Map and Guide and The Salcombe Lifeboat Disaster, 27 October 1916.

The purpose of the book is summed up when Barrett writes that

today there is little to indicate that the town largely owed its existence to ships and shipbuilding. Nothing remains of the shipyards that once lined the waterfront, while the old workshops and commercial buildings have long since been given over to meeting the demands of leisure sailors and visitors . . . And so it falls to that ‘treasure trove of Salcombe’s maritime past’ – the Salcombe Maritime Museum – to keep alive the story of the town’s glory days as the ‘fruitship port in chief (140).

His book contributes to that ambition, and all proceeds of its sale go to the museum…

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Filed under: Other (Nineteenth C)
Subjects include: Harbours & Dockyards

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