Sunday, 30 December 2018
CHARLESTOWN: BUILT TO EXPORT COPPER ORE
This morning we had a walk around the harbour and port at Charlestown. Several tall ships were in dock including one famed for being used in the Poldark television series.
I like Charlestown as it is largely untouched since Georgian times. The harbour and port were constructed between 1791 and 1801 by Charles Rashleigh - though he no doubt had a quite a bit of help in doing so!
The port was primarily built for the transport of copper from local mines. It is said that 40,000 tons of copper ore were exported between 1810 and 1813.
Today the Charlestown village and harbour are very popular with tourists, especially since the Poldark connection.
There is a further photo of a tall ship on Tall Ship At Charlestown
I decided it was advisable to retrace my steps - it can sometimes be a problem walking along unknown paths and tracks!