Portreath Harbour Gallery

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.

Portreath Harbour

On the hill above Portreath Harbour, this image gives a good idea of the length of the quay.

Portreath Harbour

The end of the Quay, the shelter or “Monkey Hut” close to the end was destroyed in the storms of January 2014, it has since been rebuild.

Portreath Harbour

I caught this wave nicely, but this is only a baby compared to some of the storms this harbour has had to stand up to.

Portreath Harbour

This was quite a rough day at Portreath, it can make returning to harbour a difficult task.

Portreath Harbour

A second image of the boat moving safely along the harbour wall, I rather like this image the wall leading into the distance is very effective.

Portreath Harbour

Ben the Dog enjoying the sun on the hill above the harbour. My friend and companion for 16 years, he loved Cornwall, and I will miss him always.

Portreath Harbour

A boat in Portreath Harbour with the water glinting in the sunlight. This was taken on 25 asa film so the image is razor sharp, one of my favorites.

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

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