Photographs taken 2004 to 2008
Images from in and around Fowey Harbour
For sailing, leisure and navigational information about the Harbour, see the Fowey Harbour Commissioners website.
"I looked towards the harbour mouth. There were small boats everywhere, and yachts at anchor, but more stirring still a big ship was drawing near, with two attendant tugs, to moor a few cables' length from the house itself. There was a smell in the air of tar and rope and rusted chain, a smell of tidal water. Down harbour, around the point, was the open sea."
from "Vanishing Cornwall" (Daphne du Maurier)
Fowey Harbour with Gribbin Head and Dodman Point ("the Dodman")
A safe harbour for local dinghy sailing, and a popular place to keep
a boat, either just off Fowey or Polruan,
in Pont Pill, or up the
harbour past the china clay docks in Wiseman's Reach or further up
river off Golant
Polruan Blockhouse on the eastern side of the harbour entrance
St Catherine's Castle and Gribbin Head on the western side of the
A quiet harbour in January - many empty mooring buoys ("blobs"!),
and the Albert Quay pontoons
removed safely up-harbour to a more
secure place for the winter
The harbour entrance on a blustery day
Fowey harbour entrance from the Fowey side
Sailing in Fowey
The harbour is a very popular sailing destination, and also as a base from which to sail from. Smaller boats can sail either around the nearby coasts, up the river to Lerryn or Lostwithiel, or just round the harbour! For more images of sailing in and around Fowey, see Gaff Rig Sailing in Fowey.
Sailing into Fowey harbour on a fine day...
...and leaving harbour on a windy day
Sailing to Fowey and closing on the harbour
A lovely old gaffer sailing outside Fowey Harbour
The beautiful gaff rig "Mareea" sailing outside the harbour, with
Pencarrow Head beyond
It is at Punche's Cross that it is said that it marks the time of Jesus's visit to Britain as a young man, with his Uncle, Joseph of Aramathea. This event is celebrated in William Blake's famous and rousing song and hymn "Jerusalem". Punche's Cross itself has been known to have been there for many centuries, and was recorded by Leland in the 1500s. It was likely put there by the monks of the monastery at Tywardreath, and has always been maintained and replaced since then. Punche's Cross now marks the limit of jurisdiction of the Fowey Harbour Commissioners, being a clear landmark directly opposite St.Catherine's Castle on the Fowey side.
"And did those Feet in ancient time
Walk upon England's mountains green
And was the Holy lamb of God
On England's pleasant pastures seen?
And did the Countenance Divine
Shine forth upon our clouded hills?
And was Jerusalem builded here
Among those dark Satanic mills?"
And were those "dark satanic mills" the old tin mines of Cornwall? After all, Mr. Aramathea was a merchant in the first century tin trade, and trading with Britain (and that would be Cornish tin). He was known to ply his trade in British waters, but this would not be a good spot to come ashore though...
Punche's Cross from the Fowey side
Punche's Cross and Readymoney Cove from below St.Saviour's Chapel in
Around the Harbour...
Boats in the harbour
The Phoenix moored in Fowey Harbour
(see photographs of
Sailing aboard the Phoenix)
Fowey Harbour entrance and boats in silhouette
And should you perchance occasion upon the fellow, Jonathan (that is Jonathan Livingston of the Seagull family) does seem to get around a bit...