Portreath Harbour is possibly one of Cornwall’s earliest industrial ports. The first quay here was built in 1713. Construction of the harbour of today was commenced in 1760, in 1846 the inner basin was constructed along with the New Dock in the 1860’s.
This was once a main port servicing the local mines, copper ore mined in the Gwennap, Redruth and Camborne areas 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 which kept the mines drained of water. As mine the workings got deeper the engines were bigger so 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.
Things are a bit quieter there these days, I have spent a lot of time in Portreath, there is something about the place that keeps drawing me back. The images on this page were taken in the summer of 2008.
This page is currently (2017) being rebuilt with new images, it will be completed soon.
For more information about Portreath follow this link www.portreath-harbour.org