Once a main port servicing the local mines, copper ore mined in the Gwennap area was shipped from here to Swansea in Wales for smelting. On the return trip the ships would bring much needed coal to power the Steam engines draining the mines. As the workings got deeper the engines were bigger and the demand for coal always increased. In the early to mid 19th century it’s estimated a total of 100,000 tons of copper was shipped from here each year, the images on this page were taken in the summer of 2008.
Dave enjoying the view across Portreath Harbour.
Looking through the doorway of the Lookout towards the inner Portreath Harbour.
A great day for photography, the steps upto the Portreath Harbour lookout, one of the better pictures I have taken and printed.
One of the old harbour buildings.
Old harbour cottages at Portreath.
A nice image showing the construction of the harbour wall.
A rough day at Portreath can make returning to harbour a difficult task, the shelter on the end of the pier was destroyed in the storms of January 2014.
Ben the Dog, enjoying the sun above the entrance to Portreath Harbour.
A boat in Portreath Harbour with the water glinting in the sunlight, taken on 25 ASA film so the image is razor sharp, one of my favorites.
For more information about Portreath follow this link www.portreath-harbour.org
Newlyn Harbour Gallery