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River Fal 3: Don’t Feed the Seagulls

– Prince of Wales Pier to Trefusis Point (where?)

We are required by law to make the following announcement. At the rear of each deck is an orange box, each containing sixty five life jackets. In the unlikely event of an emergency remain seated. Remain calm. Don’t panic, ’coz we’ll be doing that. Listen carefully to instructions given by the skipper and the crew, as we’ll be shouting them to you from the shore…

It gets a laugh every time. Just around the corner from the docks the first passenger ferries of the morning are embarking from Falmouth town’s Prince of Wales Pier and Custom House Quay offering an alternative, and often speedier, route to neighbouring villages of Flushing, Mylor, St Mawes. The more leisurely pleasure cruises upriver to Trelissick, Malpas and Truro, or out into Falmouth Bay and the mouth of the Helford River generally operate from Easter to early autumn, and come complete with an informative, if not necessarily the most accurate of commentaries by the skipper. Continue reading