SX4350 : Cawsand Ferry

taken 13 years ago, near to Cawsand, Cornwall, Great Britain

Cawsand Ferry
Cawsand Ferry
The little Cawsand Ferry takes passengers to and fro between the beach in Cawsand, Cornwall and SX4853 : The Mayflower Steps in Plymouth, Devon. The crossing can be quite exciting as Plymouth Sound can become quite choppy despite the Breakwater (see SX4650 : Plymouth Breakwater from Cawsand). Standing on the bow on such lively crossings, with the little boat pitching up and down ensures that you'll be thoroughly soaked with spray by the time you arrive at your destination - so best have the fun on the return journey! You can of course stay within the covered passenger cabin and avoid the elements ... but that's not as much fun!
This little boat started life as a lifeboat on the Cruise Liner "Canberra", so she's built to handle rough seas.
Kingsand and Cawsand
Kingsand and Cawsand are twin coastal villages in southeast Cornwall. The two villages are effectively one, as they merge together with no obvious demarcation. However, for a while Kingsand was in Devon, while Cawsand remained in Cornwall. This old boundary can be found on the house "Devon-Corn" (see SX4350 : Devon Corn). The boundary between the two counties was redrawn along the Tamar in 1844, when Kingsand returned to Cornwall.
Kingsand-Cawsand has several pubs: In Cawsand, The Cawsand Bay Hotel and The Cross Keys remain while The Criterion and The Ship (almost opposite each other in Garrett Street) have both closed. The former has been converted into a house, while the latter is in a sorry state awaiting renovation. In Kingsand there is The Halfway House, The Devonport and The Rising Sun, while the former Boatel has now closed and become a private dwelling.
Cawsand has just one shop, "The Shop in the Square" but Kingsand has several mostly clustered around The Cleave and up along Fore Street.
In summer there is a regular passenger ferry from Cawsand Beach across Cawsand Bay, past the breakwater and Plymouth Sound to the Mayflower Steps in Plymouth. This excellent little ferry (a former lifeboat from the Canberra, I believe) can be quite an eventful and exciting crossing in choppy seas, though if the weather becomes too fearsome it doesn't run. The ferry is used both by villagers travelling to Plymouth, and by residents of Plymouth visiting this very attractive part of Cornwall - to use the beach or to walk to nearby Mount Edgcumbe.
Kingsand-Cawsand is situated on the Rame peninsula and is surrounded by varied and dramatic countryside, with cliffs, bays, sandy beaches, undulating farmland and many woods and streams as well as numerous historic relics, most particularly the post-Napoleonic forts built by Palmerston in the mid C19th to deter the French. Many of these forts and batteries are now ruinous, but several such as Cawsand and Picklecombe Forts have been converted into exclusive apartments, while the largest of all, at Tregantle is still used by the Army and has an accompanying Danger Area (when red flags are flying) which extends down to Long Sands on Whitsand Bay.
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Date Taken
Tuesday, 7 August, 2007   (more nearby)
Monday, 19 October, 2015
Geographical Context
Coastal  Docks, Harbours 
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Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SX 4346 5019 [10m precision]
WGS84: 50:19.8474N 4:12.0469W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SX 4345 5020
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Southeast (about 135 degrees)
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